Meet Rebecca Potter: Passionate in dance and theaterBy Vanessa H. Fardin
Photograph by Melissa Ray
Kennesaw State University senior Rebecca Potter personifies joy through dance. A native of Marietta, Rebecca started dancing at the age of three. At the age of five, she joined her dance studio’s performing company. Her mother, whom she lovingly calls “a saint,” is her idol and biggest fan. “She gives me a dose of reality, and she is my voice of reason,” Rebecca says.
Rebecca’s father passed away when she was in the third grade, and it was then when she began to understand the ephemeral nature of human life. “I realized that we only have a certain amount of time to do what we want.”
Rebecca attended Pope High School, where she discovered her love of theater, and where she won “Most Talented” in drama. She is now a double major in dance and theatre and performance studies at KSU. “I came to KSU hoping to fulfill my general requirements and transfer to another school,” she says, “but I quickly realized that the quality of productions here is unrivaled, and I fell in love with the faculty.”
Dean Adams, associate professor of theatre and performance studies, and Ivan Pulinkala, director of the KSU Program in Dance, has both influenced Rebecca’s educational career. “If I’m having trouble with anything,” she says, “I can go to Prof. Adams and he’s always there. He is dedicated to his students and his teaching.” Rebecca credits Pulinkala as encouraging her to pursue modern dance in addition to jazz and tap.
“Rebecca is a true ‘triple threat’ who can sing, dance, and act,” says Adams. “She is one of the most positive people I know—her smile is infectious, and she is a joy to work with.”
At KSU, she is a member of Alpha Psi Omega and the Kennesaw Influx Society and is on the Dean’s List. She has participated in several dance and theater productions including “Adumbration,” “Lysistrata,” and “Here in Town.” She admires choreographers Marta Graham and Twyla Tharp and tap performer Savion Glover. Rebecca hopes to one day collaborate with the innovative and talented Glover. “The way he dances blows my mind! I often watch his performances and try to infuse his style with my own.” During the summer, Rebecca teaches dance to girls. She admits that it is a fulfilling and rewarding way to instill her love of performance.
After graduation, Rebecca plans to perform. “I have goals, passions, and dreams,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of milestones and consider those personal accomplishments because I’m alive and working towards something.”