KSU Dance Company soars

By Cheryl Anderson Brown

Still glowing from the sold-out success of its debut concert production, the Kennesaw State University Dance Company traveled to Mississippi to perform at the American College Dance Festival in mid-March. There, the company was selected for the ACDF gala where their performance received rave reviews from adjudicators, festival faculty and other participants, according to KSU Director of Dance Ivan Pulinkala.

“One adjudicator called the work ‘borderline genius,’” Pulinkala said.

This praise is noteworthy because the KSU Dance Company is less than two years old and had not performed a full concert until February of this year. The company is part of Kennesaw State’s dance minor program, which is also only two years old. Launched in Fall 2005, the dance program hoped to attract 15 minors; by the end of the semester, 44 students had enrolled. This year more than 150 students are taking dance classes and 100 of them have become declared minors.

“Our success at ACDF has put the dance program at KSU on the map. We were able to be selected among schools with established dance majors and some with graduate programs in dance,” Pulinkala said.

This success is reaffirming the KSU College of the Arts’ commitment to creating a dance major.

“The rapid growth of the dance program clearly shows that we have a community that is eager for dance experiences,” Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts, said. “The accolades that the program is receiving are a testament to the hard work and talent of Prof. Pulinkala and the faculty as well as the dedication of the student dancers.”

Next year, Pulinkala hopes to take the Dance Company to perform in India.

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