The KSU Dance Company

 

Next Dance Company Audition
FRIDAY, August 17th

2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

(Chastain Pointe Studio 1.)

 

 

Dance at KSU was profiled in the November 2008 of Dance Magazine.

Read the article.

Naturally the faculty pieces (not for adjudication) were more finished and well crafted than the student pieces. Two standouts were INCUBUS by Kennesaw State University's Ivan Pulinkala. His cast of seven men hung from and climbed on a giant trellis that was moveable in three parts (by Ming Chen). The piece was not only ingenious but somehow heroic. – Wendy Perron (Dance Magazine, September 2008)

Dancers: Brittany Hawes, Errin Cusack, Kelly Hamm, Ian Baxter, Myles Johnson, A.J. Paug

(KSU Dance Company)

         Photo: Robert Pack

 

The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that performs on campus, regionally and nationally. Students who major or minor in dance 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 semester. Non-majors may audition for the company only with prior permission of the program director. The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to bring concert dance to the community, as well as serve the mission of education in dance through its outreach programs. Every year the company tours regional venues, 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. Members of the KSU Dance Company receive academic credit for performing in season concerts, informal concerts, as well as in departmental productions including the annual musical. Through a variety of performance opportunities, it is our goal to also provide students with practical production experiences that extend to the areas of design and stage management.

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.


KSU Dance Company Audition Information


Company Members

Hillary Andrews

 

Hillary is a sophomore dance major and this is her third semester with the KSU dance company. Before attending KSU she danced with Good Moves Dance Consort of Atlanta. An active member of NDA, Hillary is excited to be a member of the company this semester.

 

Kristen Archer

 

Kristen began dancing at three years old. She is currently a dance major at Kennesaw State University and is a member of the Sugarloaf Ballet Company. She has done summer intensives with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Georgia Ballet. Kristen is thrilled and truly blessed to dance as a part of the KSU dance company this semester.

Katie Ruth Bennett

 

This is Katie Ruth’s third year with the KSU Dance Company. She has performed in the company’s productions Chakra and Paquita+III as well as the students dance concerts and gloATL’s Hinterland and Maa. Katie Ruth is thrilled to be working with the choreographing seniors this spring.

 

Lindsey Blackburn

 

Lindsey is a sophomore dance major at Kennesaw State University and this is her second semester as a KSU Dance Company member. Previous to attending KSU, she danced with the Northeast Atlanta Ballet. She will be performing with the cast of Rhizome (Ivan Pulinkala) this spring at the American College Dance Festival and is excited to be in the student choreography concert this semester.

 

Dale Browne

 

Dale has been with the KSU Dance Company since 2008 at which time she also choreographed Shallow Lullaby. She has also had the pleasure of dancing in great works by both students and faculty. Dale trained at the American Dance Festival and the Paul Taylor School. Currently, Dale teaches at Great Gig Dance Studios and has choreographed several solos for the students of Impact Dance Studio that attended Youth America Grand Prix this year.

Leticia Chavez

 

Leticia is a second year Biology major at Kennesaw State University with a minor in dance. She has been dancing for twelve years and this is her first semester as a KSU Dance Company member. She is very excited to be a part of the experience.

 

Elizabeth Cheek

 

Anne is a newly transferred dance major from Albany, Georgia. This is her first season with the KSU Dance Company and she is excited to be a part of it and to grow more as a dancer.

 

Indya Childs


Indya is a junior at Kennesaw State University pursuing a major in dance. This is her second semester as a KSU Dance Company member and she is very excited to perform at the American College Dance Festival, Off the Edge, Synergy, and the student dance concert.

Jennifer Clark

 

Jennifer is a sophomore dance major at Kennesaw State University. She began training at the age of 3 and got most of her training at Powerhouse Dance Productions. This is her fourth semester in the KSU Dance Company. The dance program has also provided her with many performance opportunities outside of KSU such as gloATL's Maa, Hinterland, and Everything.

Mattie-Gray Clifton

 

Mattie-Gray has been dancing for 16 years. This is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company and her second semester as a freshman. She has trained with several schools including the Charleston Ballet Theater, Royal Academy of Dance, and Ballet Hawaii.

 

Genevieve Colangelo

 

Genevieve was trained at the Northeast Atlanta Ballet in Lilburn, Georgia under the direction of Jennifer Gordon. Now a sophomore at Kennesaw State University, Genevieve has enjoyed three semesters as a KSU Dance Company member. From being in Ivan Pulinkala’s  Cocoon (2010) to stage managing Paquita+III (2011), Genevieve looks forward to the future as a KSU dance major.

Morgan Cowden

 

A Kennesaw State University dance major, Morgan is currently in her second year. She is looking forward to working with student choreographers and performing in the spring dance concert.

 

Elizabeth Crovatt

 

This is Elizabeth’s second semester in the KSU Dance Company and she is thrilled to be a part of it. She grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and has been dancing since she was three years old. She is now a freshmen at Kennesaw State University and very much enjoys being a dance major.

 

 

Jerrica Exum

 

Jerrica has been dancing since the age of 3. She has trained at Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School, Gotta Dance Atlanta Studios, Dance 411, and Atlanta Ballet. She also had the opportunity of dancing for the WNBA Atlanta Dream Team. This is her first year in Company and she is very excited about this year.

 

Laurel Feldstein

 

Laurel, a Cobb County native, is joining the Company for her second season. She trained primarily at the Georgia Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and CCCEPA at Pebblebrook High School. This semester she will be performing in Off The Edge, Synergy, and ACDFA.

Hanna Fitzgerald

 

Hanna Fitzgerald trained at Cumming Dance Academy in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She is an aspiring double major in dance and business management. This is her second semester with the KSU Dance Company.

 

Chrissy Frazier

 

Chrissy has been dancing for about 17 years and studied at the Decatur School of Ballet as well as Dekalb School of the Arts. This is her second season with the company as a sophomore.

Patrice Goodlow

 

This is Patrice’s second semester in the KSU Dance Company. She has been able to learn so much from this department and she can’t wait to continue gaining more knowledge! Patrice is a junior here and is anxious to see what else the future holds for her this semester.

Emmie Graham

 

Emmie began dancing at age three at Susan Barnes Dance Studio in Carbondale, IL. She has since trained at Alexandra Ballet, Jordan Academy of Dance, and Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive. She is a dance major at KSU and will be performing in Ivan Pulinkala’s Rhizome at Off The Edge, Synergy, and ACDFA.

 

Madison Leigh Hahn

Madison is a freshman pursuing a major in dance. In high school, she trained at Dance for His Glory Studios where she developed a special love for tap. This is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company and she is excited to dance with faith and purpose.

 

Morgan Hairston

 

Morgan Hairston is currently in her second year at KSU and is a modern concentration. She has received training from Total Dance Productions and Wanda Ebright. She is very excited to be a part of the KSU Dance Company for a second semester, and she looks forward to working with its amazing artists.

 

 

Christopher Hall

 

Christopher is a Theatre & Performance Studies and Dance major here at KSU. He has been dancing for three years, and this is his second semester with the KSU Dance Company.

 

 

Lauren Hawthorne

 

Lauren has been dancing for eighteen years and is a sophomore dance major at KSU. This is her third semester dancing with the KSU Dance Company and she is very excited about the opportunity to learn and grow this semester.

 

Lauren Head

Lauren has been dancing for the past eighteen years and is originally from Dublin, Ga. She is continuing in her junior year at KSU and has been a member of the KSU Dance Company for 5 consecutive semesters. She is excited for another great semester with the KSU Dance Company!

 

Taylor Hill

 

Taylor Hill grew up dancing for Leesburg Dance Center and CK Danceworks. She is now a sophomore dance major at KSU. This is her fourth semester in the dance company and she is extremely excited for what lies ahead.

 

Olivia Jenkins

 

Olivia Jenkins is a sophomore and this is her fourth semester in the company. She is very excited to not only be a part of the company this semester but also to continue on in taking Ivan Pulinkala’s Rhizome to ACDFA in March. Olivia is very excited to see what the senior choreographers have in store this semester.

 

Megan Larkin

 

Megan is a freshman at KSU and this is her first semester in the dance company. She trained at Bravo Dance Center in Acworth, GA before coming to KSU. In addition to dancing, Megan is planning to double major in Early Childhood Education.

 

Shameka Lloyd

 

This is Shameka’s second year at KSU. She is honored to be working with the company for a third semester. Last year she had the opportunity to perform in Lauri Stallings’ Maa with gloATL. She has also choreographed for two theater musicals for Phoenix IV Productions.

Pablina Lopez

 

Pablina Lopez is 19 years old and a sophomore at KSU. She has trained with the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, and even danced abroad with the Ballet de Santiago in Chile. This is her second semester dancing in the KSU Dance Company and she hopes there will be much more to come.

Sarah Lubatkin

 

Sarah is a sophomore at Kennesaw State. She previously trained with Atlanta Dance Theatre. She has attended programs with Atlanta Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Radio City Rockettes. This is her fourth semester performing with the KSU Dance Company and she is excited to be dancing with them again.

Sara McKenna

 

This is Sara’s third year at Kennesaw State and her fourth semester in the Dance Coompany. Originally a ballet concentration, she has trained with Sugarloaf Performing Arts and is a part of their ballet company, but being at KSU has transformed her into a modern concentration.

Haley Myers

 

Haley is a 19 year-old sophomore at KSU with a double major in dance and music. Dancing a variety of styles since the age of 5, her love and passion for dance continues to explode from her soul. She feels blessed and honored to be part of the KSU Dance Company for a fourth semester, and she is excited to continue exploring and sharing dance within this fabulous program.

 

Angela Novelli

 

Angela Novelli has been dancing for sixteen years under the direction of Veronica Moretti Niebuhr at The Studio. This is her first season with the KSU dance company and she is a freshman at KSU.

Megan O'Donnell

 

She is very excited to be part of the KSU Dance Company for a second semester. She has been dancing since she was 2 ½ and training at Roswell Dance Theatre. She is a junior this year and can’t wait for what the future holds.

 

Jessia Oglesby

 

Jessica has been a part of the KSU Dance Company for three years. She is very excited to see the work of the senior class this semester. This is her last semester at KSU and she is very happy to be finishing with the company since she choreographed a piece for the student concert last year.

 

Leslie Parker

 

Leslie Parker is a dance major. This is her junior year and 5th semester in company. She is excited to be a part of this process.

Jennifer Rose Parrish

 

Jennifer is a freshman and has been dancing for seven years. She has trained at the Atlanta Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Theater, the Georgia Ballet, Impact Dance, and with Fiona Fairrie. She was in the dance company last semester, and is excited to be in it again.

 

 

Emily Peay

 

Emily Peay is currently a sophomore majoring in dance. She is looking forward to taking part in the dance company for a second semester.

 

 

Erin Anastasia Rauch

 

Erin is a junior at KSU and this is her fourth season in the Dance Company. She began her dance training at the age of 9 and studied at Impact Dance of Atlanta and the Georgia Ballet. Through KSU, Erin has performed in works with gloATL, was the recipient of the “Outstanding Dance Scholar” scholarship through KSU COTA, and is a member of Nu Delta Alpha – the National Dance Honor Society. She is currently teaching dance in the metro Atlanta area.

 

Andrea Sanchez

 

Andrea Sanchez began dancing when she was 7 years old. She is a sophomore and this is her third semester being in company. She is very excited about being in a student piece as well as being able to be part of one of the student pieces going to ACDFA in March 2012.

 

Josh Schadl

 

This is Josh’s third semester with the KSU Dance Company. He has had the pleasure of performing in Rhizome, which will be going to ACDFA in March 2012. As a ballet concentration, Josh is excited to be working with Armando Luna, from the Atlanta Ballet, this semester.

 

Taylor Skelton

 

Taylor is a transfer student from the University of Alabama. She has been dancing for 18 years and is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hope, pointe, improv, and some social dance. This is her first semester at KSU and as a company member. She is excited to be a part of this program.

Alysse Stagg

 

Alysse Stagg is a sophomore majoring in dance and physical therapy. This is her fourth semester in the KSU Dance Company. She is looking forward to exploring and performing the gaga technique for the first time.

ChristaBeth Vaughn

 

ChristaBeth Vaughn is a sophomore at KSU and is acquiring her BA in dance. She has been dancing for 17 years. She began her training at Studio One for the Performing Arts in Winder, GA. This is her second semester in the company. She is also a member of the National Dance Honor Society. She is very excited for the year.

Katie Veldhuis

 

Katie is a junior at KSU and this is her fifth semester in KSU Dance Company. She trained at Atlanta Dance Theatre with Johnie Kelley for 15 years. She has had the amazing opportunity to dance on numerous stages across America, the most special being the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Katie is excited to be dancing with the company again.

Aminah Walton

 

Aminah Walton is majoring in anthropology and has been dancing for eight years. She is a sophomore at KSU and this is her first semester in the dance company.

 

Turner Wilder

 

This year marks Turner’s fourth year dancing and his second concert dancing with the KSU Dance Company. Turner has more extensive background in gymnastics and musical theatre. This is his second year as a dance major at KSU.

 

Kaleigh Winter

 

Kaleigh Winter is a sophomore at KSU. She previously trained at Fleetwood Dance Theatre where she trained in a variety of styles. Kaleigh has also studied at the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive. Being her fourth semester in the company, she is excited to see what new experiences she will have. Kaleigh is anxious to see where dance will take her in life.

 

 

 

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