the KSU Dance Company

Kennesaw State University Dance Company

The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional level dance company that performs on campus, regionally and nationally. Students have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of each semester (fall/spring) to be a part of the company. Once selected, students sign contracts with the company for one academic year. The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to bring Western concert dance to the community, as well as serve the mission of education in dance through its outreach programs. Every year the company tours to regional high schools, performing and educating students about dance as a performing art. Through this outreach program, students in the company gain valuable touring experience, while serving an important community mission. In addition to the outreach program, members of the KSU Dance Company receive academic credit for performing in the annual season concert, informal dance concerts, as well as in departmental productions including the annual musical. Through a variety of performance opportunities, it is our goal to provide students with practical performance experiences that extend to the areas of production, design and stage management.  

This year the KSU Dance Company will perform at the American College Dance Festival at Florida State University in March. The Company will also perform at a number of regional high schools between February and April. Selected students from the company will perform in the departmental production of Monkey King (Nov. 15-20, 2005), which will tour to the Shanghai International Theatre Festival in China in December.  

For more information about the KSU Dance Company or to schedule an outreach visit, please contact Ivan Pulinkala at ipulinka@kennesaw.edu or at 770-423-6789.

For audition information contact Prof. Ivan Pulinkala (ipulinka@kennesaw.edu)


Company Members

Armando Church

Armando Church is originally from Paraguay, South America. A dance minor and theatre and performance studies major at KSU, he currently dances with the Georgia Dance Conservatory, home of the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre. He has appeared in Autumn Concerto, The Nutcracker (roles of the Nutcracker, Snow King and the Arabian Prince), Alice in Wonderland (Tweetle Dee), An Evening with Ellington (a Balethnic Co. production), By George (Tom Pazik). Armando recently performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA).

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Ashley Culverhouse

Ashley Culverhouse is a senior at KSU with a major in math and science middle grades education and a minor in dance. Her professional credits include dancing with the Entertainment Design Group of Atlanta in Dead Man's Party, dancing and singing at Six Flags Over Georgia for two seasons in Reflections and Totally Pop , and she has also appeared on WSB-TV dancing the opening number for the Atlanta Forth of July Parade. While living in Florida, she performed at Miracle Strip Theme Park in 110 Degrees Hot and Celebrate America. Other past performances include a KSU dance production, Wings, and dancing with Kennesaw State's basketball dance team.

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Colie Dalton

Colie Dalton is a dance and business law minor with a major in accounting. Originally from Marietta, Ga., she has danced with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company and performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Coppelia. Colie also teaches ballet, jazz and tap to children ranging in age from three to eleven.

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Andrea DiGuardi

Andrea Di Guardi was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of three she began to take dance classes at Barbara & Tammy's School of Dance, owned by Barbara Meyers. By the age of eight, she was dancing at competitive levels. In 1998, she moved to Warner Robins, Georgia and attended Fegain Mill Middle School, where she became captain of the dance team. In the seventh grade, she began doing cheerleading and did that competitively all throughout high school. Also during her high school career, she was in many Houston County High musicals under the direction of Bronwyn Jardin, such as "Honk", "Oklahoma", and "The Wizard of Oz". In 2005, she performed in the Peach Bowl Parade's opening number choreographed by Pamela Antista. Andrea is now a freshman at Kennesaw and plans on receiving a minor in dance.

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Carli Kunitz

Carli Kunitz is a senior communication major at KSU. Carli Kunitz studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop at the Dancer's Studio/Backstage since age six. She was a member of Atlanta Dance Theatre (formerly Atlanta Dance Unlimited), a performing company, for five years. With ADT, Carli attended the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) and also performed in various dance productions including, Babes in Toyland, Coppelia, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.  

 

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Rosemary Lambright

Rosemary Lambright is a Music Education major with a minor in dance. She has been doing Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics for 15 years, most recently under the direction of Cindy Bickman and Joey Burgess. Rosemary has been studying ballet and jazz for five years under the direction of Cindy Bickman, among others. She is involved in many performances, dancing and singing throughout the year as well as teaching artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

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Katie Lumpkin

Katie Lumpkin is a dance minor and a fourth-year communication/media studies major from Thomasville, Ga. She transferred to KSU from Burmingham-Southern College where she majored in dance under the direction of former prima ballerina Mira Popovich. Katie has danced the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, as well as solo roles in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Katie competed in the 2004 and 2005 Miss Georgia Pageants, and was awarded the Miss America State Community Service Scholarship. She was recently named a National Daily Point of Light for her volunteer efforts.

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Katie McCollum

Katie McCollum is a junior music education major with a concentration in voice, and a dance minor at KSU. Katie began dancing at the age of five in her hometown of Lawrenceville, Ga. She studied and performed with Gwinnett Ballet Theater and Northeast Atlanta Ballet Ensemble under direction of Jennifer Bykowsky. She also studied at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga. under direction of Anna Marie D'antonio. Katie has performed in a number of performances including The Nutcracker, Capellia, and Giselle. Katie also teaches a beginning ballet class at Chattooga Gymnastics.

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Caitlin McPhail

Caitlin McPhail is a sophomore dance minor and theatre and performance studies major. She studied for 13 years with the Atlanta Dance Works under the direction of Barry Thomas and J. Patrick McCann in ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap. In the summers of 2000 and 2001 she danced with the PA Ballet and performed with them in the ballets, Serenade and Le Corsaire. She was then accepted into Atlanta Ballet's Pre-Professional Division, where she studied intensively and got to perform numerous times on the Fox Theatre's stage. While attending Atlanta Ballet, she was privileged to dance a piece choreographed by ballet legend, Edward Villella. Since attending Kennesaw State, she has been in several plays including subUrbia (Bee-Bee), Roland's Song, The Revenger's Tragedy, and A Night in the Ukraine (tap dancer). She will also be in a piece, Play, written by Samuel Beckett in March.

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Elizabeth Neidel

Elizabeth Neidel is a theatre and performance studies major at KSU with a minor in dance. She recently appeared as a dancer in the Rocky Horror Show at Dad's Garage in Atlanta. She will travel to China this November with the KSU production of The Monkey King. Other recent productions include A Night in the Ukraine, Pippin and Oklahoma!.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is a musical theater major/dance minor at KSU. Richard has been dancing for eighteen years, studying tap, jazz and ballet. He has trained with cheorgraphers such as Tina D'Amato, Dee Caspery, Dennis Caspary, Mandy More and Mike Minery. Professionally, Richard has performed as a dancer/singer swing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in productions of Rock on Broadway, Mardi Gras Du Monde, Flashback, and Dancin' Through the Movies. Richard has also performed and toured with The Magic and Grand Illusions of Laraff.

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Lauren Tatum

Lauren Tatum is a senior dance minor and theatre and performance studies major at KSU. She began her dance career in Cocoa, Florida, where she was a member of the Holly Rocks Dance Factory Competition Team. She has worked with choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Rhonda Miller, Robert Schlutz and Eddie Garcia. Lauren has received scholarships to the Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and the Edge Dance Studio in L.A. She has performed at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta, and on ESPN.

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Sarah Tintle

Sarah Tintle is a dance and Spanish minor, with a major in biology (pre-med). She has danced with the Georgia Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bravo Dance Center, Hollywood School of Ballet, University of Georgia dance program and at the Broadway Dance Center in N.Y. She was a pre-professional company member at Bravo Dance Center, where she danced leading roles in productions of Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia and Waltz of the Hours. Sarah has also danced professionally with the Entertainment Design Group of Atlanta.

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Chase Todd

Chase Todd is a freshmen dance minor / theatre and performance studies major at KSU. Originally from Americus, Ga., Chase has performed in the field of dance and musical theatre for a number of years. Past productions include, Kiss Me Kate, Oliver, Oklahoma, and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown among others.

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