Posting Date: October 5, 2011

Meet Jamie McCord: A new choreographic voice

By Stephen Chamblee

Jamie McCord

Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant

When Jamie McCord was only three years old, she tried dancing for the first time and "hated it." But, ten years later the desire returned and this time everything came together. After studying dance for only a short period, she was accepted into the prestigious Joffrey School of Ballet in New York for its summer dance program. The experience changed her life. "I loved dancing all day, every day.” She says. “I knew this is what I wanted to do."

Eight years later, Jamie is now a dance major at Kennesaw State University and will be graduating in the spring. She initially considered another university, but changed her mind after attending a KSU Dance Company performance. She was so impressed with the choreography skills of the director of the Program in Dance, Ivan Pulinkala, she decided instantly she wanted to study with him.

While her degree concentration is in ballet, Jamie considers herself a jazz dancer at heart and dreams of becoming a choreographer. "I have always had an interest in choreography,” Jaime says. “I have learned so much from being in rehearsals with Prof. Pulinkala and all of the guest choreographers." In addition, she credits KSU artist-in-residence Lauri Stallings and Czechoslovakian choreographer Jirí Kylián with inspiring her burgeoning choreography style.

Jamie’s success at KSU hasn’t gone unnoticed. She was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship for “Outstanding Artistic Achievement” from the College of the Arts. She has also been selected to represent the KSU dance program at the American College Dance Festival, where a piece of her choreography will be performed by five of her KSU dance colleagues.

Looking back, Jamie is very happy with the time she has spent studying at Kennesaw State and performing with the KSU Dance Company. She says, "I enjoy just being here. I feel like I really know this place and I always know the spots where my friends will be. I love the atmosphere of KSU."

After graduation Jamie intends to spend some time performing and wants to teach. Ultimately, her goal is have her own dance company. Ivan Pulinkala is confident Jamie will succeed. He explains, "Jamie has worked hard to develop her choreographic voice during her tenure at KSU. I am confident that Jamie's dedication to her art will help her find success within the field as a dance scholar and artist."


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