Welcome from the Chair of the Department of Dance
Dr. Ivan Pulinkala
Dancer: Angel Bramlett (KSU Dance Major)
Photo: Robert Pack
Welcome to the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University. We are proud to be the largest dance program in the state of Georgia and a leader in undergraduate dance education in the Southeastern United States. The Department of Dance at KSU offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in ballet, modern and jazz, as well as a 15-hour dance minor. Through a variety of academic and practical experiences, we prepare our students physically and intellectually for the professional world of dance. Regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists provide our students with a high standard of education in our state-of-the-art dance facilities at Chastain Pointe.
Our collaborations and partnerships with the regions premiere dance companies and leading art venues, serve as a way of giving our students professional experiences in the field of dance. These partnerships distinguish our program in the region and provide our students with opportunities to actively engage with professional artists in the community. Through our partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, gloATL, Dance Canvas, the Cobb Energy Center and the Rialto Center for the Art, KSU dance students have opportunities to perform, choreograph, teach and study at professional venues.
The KSU Dance Company is one of the few companies in the history of the American College Dance Festival to have three successive national selections to perform at the Kennedy Center. This distinction, along with six regional gala selections in our eight-year history, rank the Department of Dance at KSU as a leading dance program among peer institutions in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The Atlanta area provides a rich variety of dance and cultural opportunities, and it is our goal to actively serve and be a part of our community by providing our students with pedagogical opportunities both on campus and beyond. The 2012-13 class of more than 100 dance majors is set to enrich the metro-Atlanta area with public performances, educational outreach, scholarly presentations and innovative artistry. We invite you to visit our program to learn more about our diverse curriculum and annual performances. Thank you for your interest in the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University.
Ivan Pulinkala, Ed.D.
Department of Dance