Dance at KSU was profiled in the November 2008 of Dance Magazine.
Naturally the faculty pieces (not for adjudication) were more finished and well crafted than the student pieces. Two standouts were INCUBUS by Kennesaw State University's Ivan Pulinkala. His cast of seven men hung from and climbed on a giant trellis that was moveable in three parts (by Ming Chen). The piece was not only ingenious but somehow heroic. – Wendy Perron (Dance Magazine, September 2008)
Dancers: Brittany Hawes, Errin Cusack, Kelly Hamm, Ian Baxter, Myles Johnson, A.J. Paug
(KSU Dance Company)
Photo: Robert Pack
The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that performs on campus, regionally and nationally. Students who major or minor in dance have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of each semester (fall/spring) to be a part of the company. The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to bring concert dance to the community, as well as serve the mission of education in dance through its outreach programs. Every year the company tours regional venues, performing and educating students about dance as a performing art. Through this outreach program, students in the company gain valuable touring experience while serving an important community mission. Members of the KSU Dance Company receive academic credit for performing in season concerts, informal concerts, as well as in community partner projects. Through a variety of performance opportunities, it is our goal to also provide students with practical production experiences that extend to the areas of design and stage management.
Hillary Andrews is a senior dance major, and this is her sixth semester with the KSU Dance Company. Prior to attending KSU, Hillary studied with the Good Moves Dance Consort under the direction of Annette Lewis. She is excited for all of the opportunities her senior year will bring.
Quiana Bello is a native of Georgia and has trained with Dance Contempra for the past seven years. This is her first year in the production crew and second year in the Company.
Lindsey Blackburn is in company for her fourth semester at KSU. She has performed with the company at ACDFA at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She is also an active member of Nu Delta Alpha.
Angel Bramlett is a senior at Kennesaw State University and is excited to spend her fifth semester in the Company. She is excited to work with new artists and explore different possibilities.
Jennifer Clark is a dance major at KSU. This is her senior year and her seventh semester in company. She will be working with Yoram Karmi this semester and attending ACDF in the spring.
Tecia Chavez is a senior at KSU, and this is her third semester with the KSU Dance Company. Last semester, she had the honor of representing KSU in two separate pieces at ACDF and performing “Rebuild” in the Gala showing. She is excited to be working with Ivan Pulinkala and being part of the great things happening with KSU dance.
This is the third semester Cara Collier has been in the KSU Dance Company. She is a sophomore, and she previously trained with the Carterville School of Ballet. Cara is very excited to see what this semester has to offer.
Katie Dunn is a sophomore at KSU and is excited to have the chance to be on the KSU Dance Company for a second semester.
Prior to attending Kennesaw State University, Caroline Fagan trained at Roswell City Dance for ten years in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Caroline also attended Berry College for her freshman and sophomore years where she performed and choreographed for two annual Berry College Dance Troupe concerts. Caroline was a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company for her first two years of college, and last fall, she performed with the KSU Dance Company for the first time in “Roadkill,” choreographed by Ivan Pulinkala.
Laurel Feldstein, a Cobb County native, is a junior dance major who is joining the KSU Dance Company for a fifth season. Over the past two years, Laurel has enjoyed performing at “Off the Edge,” ACDFA, Cobb Energy Center, and the Kennedy Center. Currently, Laurel holds the title of President in Nu Delta Alpha and is thrilled to be a part of KSU’s thriving Department of Dance.
Hanna Fitzgerald is a senior at Kennesaw State University. She has trained for 11 years in various styles of dance as well as performed in musicals and directed an original video dance work. She currently is a dance instructor for multiple studios. This will be her fourth semester with the KSU Dance Company.
Sadie Flesher is from Peachtree City, Georgia. She has grown up learning a variety of genres of dance at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts since she was three years old. She has gone to the Atlanta Ballet, The Rock School of Ballet, Kaatsban International Ballet, Milwaukee School of Ballet, and the Richmond School of Ballet summer intensives.
Jacqueline Glass is a freshman at KSU with a major in dance and ballet concentration. She has spent the last eight years dancing with the Steps of Faith Dance Company located in her hometown of Cartersville, Georgia. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Her performance repertoire includes variations from Paquita and Sleeping Beauty.
Emmie Graham began dancing at Susan Barnes Dance in Carbondale, IL. She has since trained at Alexandra Ballet in St. Louis, MO, and has attended summer dance programs including Milwaukee Ballet, Jordan Academy of Dance, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. As a member of the KSU Dance Company, she has performed at “Off the Edge,” Cobb Energy Center, ACDFA, Alabama Dance Festival, Tennessee Dance Festival, and The Kennedy Center. She is excited to be part of the company again this fall.
Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir
This is the 3rd time Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir is dancing with the KSU Dance Company. She is currently a junior and is starting her second year at KSU. Before coming to KSU, Alexandra was trained in her home country of Iceland in Danslistarskola JSB where she earned her Diploma in Dance. Alexandra is really exited about being in the Dance Company again and being a new member of Nu Delta Alpha.
Christopher Hall is a junior dance major at KSU. This will be his fourth semester with the KSU Dance Company. He will also be choreographing a work for the American College Dance Festival in 2014.
Madeleine Harris danced for 15 years with the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre on Marietta Square, which is considered to be her second home. She is now a freshman at KSU and is honored to be part of the KSU Dance Company. As a definite dance major, she’s concentrating in modern and can’t wait to see how her dance career develops.
Taylor Hill is a senior dance major and this is her fourth year being part of the KSU Dance Company. She has been dancing since the age of three with studios such as Leesburg Dance Center and CK Danceworks. Taylor is extremely excited for her senior year and all the opportunities it brings.
Gretchen Hughes is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University. She is a dance major with a ballet concentration. Gretchen has been dancing for sixteen years, and she is very excited to further her dance education with the KSU Dance Company.
Christina Kelly is a freshman at Kennesaw, and this is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company. She is majoring in biology and minoring in dance. She is looking forward to her coming years with KSU’sDepartment of Dance.
Jennifer Kent is a senior dance major. This semester in company, she will be continuing her behind the scenes education as a member of the production crew. "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" Col. 3:17.
Kasia Koller spent thirteen years dancing at the Reif Center in northern MN. Now a freshman dance major, she is very excited to be embarking on a new adventure with the KSU dance program.
Megan Larkin is a junior dance major at Kennesaw State University. She has performed with the KSU Dance Company for three semesters, and she had the opportunity to represent the dance department at ACDF last spring. This semester she will be continuing her education working backstage on the stage crew.
Amber Leker is a freshman and first year company member. She is a dance major at KSU. Apart from dancing at KSU, she has danced at Steps of Faith Dance Company and Gotta Dance Atlanta. She aspires to be a contemporary dancer and physical therapist.
Pablina Lopez is a dance major and a senior in the KSU Dance program. This year is her fourth semester in the Dance Company. Apart from KSU, Pablina has trained at the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and Santiago Ballet.
Sarah Lubatkin is a senior at KSU studying as a dance and business double major. This is her fifth time performing with the KSU Dance Company. She was classically trained at Dancers Studio where she danced with Atlanta Dance Theatre performing 14 full-length ballets under the direction of Jonnie Kelley.
Jennifer Mullins is excited to be part of the KSU Dance Company for her fifth season. Jennifer is currently a double major in dance and early childhood education at KSU. She is an alumnus of Sugarloaf Performing Arts under the direction of Lori Zamzow-Wire. She is currently part of the Sugarloaf Ballet Company as well as a member of the Sugarloaf faculty. She is a senior in her dance major at KSU and an active member of the dance honor society, Nu Delta Alpha. Jennifer enjoys being involved on campus and is proud to be part of such a prestigious university.
Mandi Mpezo is in her fourth year with the KSU Dance Company. She is currently a senior and dance major with a concentration in modern dance. She has worked with various choreographers and dance companies including Ronald K. Brown and Evidence Dance Company.
Angela Novelli is a junior majoring in both Dance and French at Kennesaw State University. Ms. Novelli began her dance training under the direction of Veronica Moretti Niebuhr at The Studio in Savannah, Georgia. Angela is, once again, excited to be working with the Dance Company, and this is her fourth consecutive semester in the Company.
Graduated from McIntosh High School, Bekah O’Toole is a freshman at Kennesaw State University majoring in dance. She performed and taught at Dance Contempra for thirteen years. With the acceptance into the Department of Dance, as well as the KSU Dance Company, she is excited to further pursue her passion in dance.
Leslie Parker is a dance major at KSU. This is her eighth semester in the KSU Dance Company. She was selected to choreograph a piece this semester that will be performed at ACDF 2014.
Marissa Pennington is a freshman at KSU, and this will be her first semester with the Dance Company. She has studied various genres of dance while previously training with Dance Arts in Valdosta, Georgia. She is eager to begin her journey with the KSU Department of Dance.
Carrie Petrak is a junior and is double majoring in dance and exercise and health science. This is her fourth semester in company, and she is thrilled to be part of such an amazing cast. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and teachers for their constant love and support.
Simon Phillips was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. He is a sophomore double majoring in dance and psychology at KSU. He began dancing technically at the age of 11 but recreationally at the age of five. He is thankful to have the opportunity to be part of the KSU Department of Dance because it is an ideal place to learn and grow as an artist and as an individual.
Zachary Richardson is in his senior year with the Kennesaw State University Dance Company. He is excited to perform in works at ACDF and the “Touchdown” concert. Zachary is grateful to have had many performance and choreographic opportunities with the Department of Dance.
Meghan Roberts is a sophomore with a double major in dance and communications. She trained at Bravo Dance Center in Acworth, Georgia for 15 years. Meghan is looking forward to her third semester with the company.
Megan is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University, and this is her second semester in the company. Last year, Megan represented KSU Dance at the American College Dance Festival in two separate pieces. She is very excited about this upcoming semester and year.
Andrea Sanchez is a dance major at KSU and has been a member of the KSU Dance Company for four years. This semester she will be working with Yoram Karmi and is very excited about the experience. She has also been a member of Nu Delta Alpha for three years.
Josh Schadl is performing his last semester on the stage with the KSU Dance Company. A double major in Dance and Spanish and a Kennedy Center veteran, he looks forward to going back to ACDF again this year.
Born and raised in Snellville, Georgia, Lindsey Smith began dancing at the age of four years old and began training at the Academy of the Arts in Stone Mountain and then at Steppin’ Up Dance Academy. As a junior at Kennesaw State University, Lindsey is currently studying accounting and dance with a concentration in jazz. Her current goals are to complete her degree and eventually open a dance studio.
Ansen “Luke” Steely
Ansen “Luke” Steely has been dancing since he was eight years old and was a company member with Dancentre South for six years. Luke has danced in “The Nutcracker” of Cherokee County, BalletFest Atlanta, Jazz on Tap, Magical Days at Disney, Panoply, and Piccolo-Spoleto. He has attended summer intensives at Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, International Ballet Competition School, and Jazz on Tap on Tour. This is his first semester in the KSU Dance Company.
Stacy Stiltner is a sophomore at KSU pursuing a major in dance. Before coming to KSU, Stacy trained at The Dance Factory Inc. since the age of four. This is her first semester in the Dance Company, and she is excited to be involved in the program.
Mary "Kaitlyn" Summers
Kaitlyn Summers grew up in Forsyth County, Georgia. She has been dancing since she was 11 and was trained at Sawnee School of Ballet. This is her first semester with the KSU Dance Company and she is very excited to see where these next four years take her.
Leland Thorpe was born in Detroit, Michigan and is a junior at Kennesaw State University. He has had the opportunity to work with some well-known artistic directors and choreographers like Virginia Johnson (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Kevin Igea Jeff (Deeply Rooted Dance Company), and now Ivan Pulinkala of the KSU Dance Company in his piece this fall. This is his second semester in the KSU Dance Company, and he is looking forward to the experiences the company and faculty will provide.
Anna Wagner is a freshman and is double majoring in dance and exercise science. Previous to being in KSU’s Dance Program, Anna trained at Mainstream Dance and performed with the Covington Regional Ballet, which is a student-based Company. Anna is excited to be dancing in Momchil Mladenov’s classical ballet piece this fall.
Cara Watkins is a freshman dance major and is excited to be dancing in Momchil Mladenov’s classical ballet piece. Prior to KSU, Cara lived in Tennessee. She received a dance scholarship to Kingsport Ballet, a Vaganova technique school under the artistic direction of Mrs. Valeria Sinyavskaya. Within her first year, she became Valeria’s lead soloist dancing main roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita.
Julia Weiss comes from Footnotes Dance and Acrobatics Studio in Roswell, Georgia. She has been dancing since the age of three and has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Julia is a sophomore dance major with a concentration in modern.
Kaleigh Winter is excited to be part of the KSU Dance Company once again. Studying Dance as well as Exercise Health Science, Kaleigh is a senior at KSU. She has trained at the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive and Fleetwood Dance Theater. She has performed in a variety of shows at KSU including Cocoon, Paquita, and Swan Lake, as well as variety of senior works.