Posting Date: January 26, 2011


Meet Nicole Perkins: Dedicated to the arts

By Scott Singleton

Nicole Perkins

Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant

When Nicole Perkins was a freshman at Kennesaw State University, she tried to pursue something besides dance, a business degree, but quickly realized that her heart is in the arts. A dancer since the age of three, Nicole joined the KSU Dance Company her sophomore year and has not looked back since.

For the majority of her training, Nicole studied ballet, modern dance and jazz at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre in the Marietta Square. She credits her family, one that is heavily involved in the arts, with allowing her to pursue what she wants.

At KSU, Nicole appreciates many things about the Program in Dance. “Professor Pulinkala is really pushing us to attain that professional level. It’s really challenging and competitive, in a good way.” Of the many aspects of dance she has improved upon since coming to KSU, Nicole cites her technique and performance quality as the two areas where she has seen the most growth.

Nicole also participates on the College of the Arts Diversity and Equity Committee, a group that seeks to cultivate diversity through the acceptance of various backgrounds and the promotion of events on campus. “I’m thankful that the university values this. It’s something I’m really passionate about,” she says.

While at KSU, Nicole has played an important role in many of the company’s performances, including the “D-Man in the Waters” production last November. Ivan Pulinkala, director of the dance program, says, “Nicole is an outstanding dance major who serves a leadership role in the KSU Dance Company. She is a talented dancer who brings a high level of artistry and academic scholarship to the Program in Dance.”

 

As she looks to the future, Nicole anticipates the many opportunities that await her. With a desire to dance professionally, she also hopes to get her master's degree and teach dance on the collegiate level. She concludes, “Whether it’s the administrative or educational side, I always want to be working in the arts.”

 

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