Posting Date: December 1, 2010

Meet Erin Rauch: Dedicated to dance

By Brian Tucker

Erin Rauch

Photo by Sarah Singleton

At the age of nine, Erin Rauch started her classical training in ballet at the Georgia Ballet School in Marietta. When she began looking at college dance programs, she was initially unsure about the Kennesaw State University Program in Dance because it is still relatively new. But she fell in love with the KSU dance program, and she is now in her sophomore year as a dance major.

“I feel like KSU picked me, actually," Erin explains. Coming here was life-changing because I've become more grounded as a dancer, since modern dance is emphasized here. I also love the diversity of KSU—I can walk into a classroom and see so many types of people. With great academics and a beautiful campus, KSU is appealing to the eye as well as the intellect.”

Erin is quick to explain how all dance forms appeal to her: “What keeps me coming back every day and keeps me dedicated is a passion for the art form and an awe of what the human body is capable of. This form of non-verbal communication is so fascinating to me. I also enjoy the effort that is required of a dance student. I feel like through my years of training and being involved with such a disciplined hobby, it's helped me in other areas of my life. It's permeated my study habits, my job and my relationships.

Before coming to KSU, her standout moment in dance is one she shares proudly: “I went to the Governor’s Honors Program the summer before my senior year in high school. We did a performance at the end of the six weeks, and it was one of the most fun performing experiences I've had."

Ivan Pulinkala, director of the Program in Dance, explains, “Erin came to KSU with a strictly ballet background. In the last year, she has transformed her abilities and become proficient in multiple modern techniques. Her versatility as a dancer is a credit to her development as an artist and performer at KSU.

As for her post-collegiate plans, Erin is keeping an open mind. “I'm not sure what lies ahead of me, but I'm very excited about my future in dance. I love to write, so dance criticism is a possibility, or perhaps eventually teaching dance theory at the collegiate level. I definitely want to continue performing, whether that be freelance or with a company.


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