Kennesaw State‚ Atlanta Ballet announce new dance partnership

Kennesaw State‚ Atlanta Ballet announce new dance partnership Members of prestigious ballet…

Georgia (Jul 17, 2009)

Kennesaw State‚ Atlanta Ballet announce new dance partnership
Members of prestigious ballet company will be able to pursue bachelor’s at KSU

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 8‚ 2009) — The dance program at Kennesaw State University has launched an exclusive partnership with the Atlanta Ballet‚ Georgia’s premier ballet company‚ to provide a venue for collaborative dance education between the two institutions.

Through the partnership‚ Kennesaw State‚ one of the only schools in the state offering a Bachelor of Arts in dance‚ will be able to provide advanced−level dance students with the opportunity to audition for supernumerary roles with the Atlanta Ballet. In addition‚ KSU dance majors will be able to gain administrative experience through internships with the Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education‚ one of the top−ten dance education facilities in the country. KSU dance students will also receive special discounts and concessions to Atlanta Ballet performances‚ classes and events.

The partnership also provides Atlanta Ballet company dancers and students the ability to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in dance at KSU. Company and fellowship dancers will be able to apply for advanced professional credit towards their degrees and pursue both professional and academic careers at both institutions.

"This partnership will enable the university to provide even stronger academic and professional opportunities for our students‚ as well as help strengthen the vibrant arts community of Cobb County‚ metropolitan Atlanta and northwest Georgia‚” said Joseph Meeks‚ dean of College of the Arts‚ which houses the dance program at KSU. “We look forward to many productive years working together with Atlanta Ballet to create an excellent environment for dance in the region."

KSU’s dance major was launched last year by the College of the Arts‚ although a dance program had existed for years. Housed in the College’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies‚ the dance program is one of the leading in the Southeast. The KSU Dance Company has received several regional and national recognitions‚ including being selected in June 2008 to represent the Southeast at the National American College Dance Festival in New York City.

Founded in 1996‚ Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. The Centre prides itself on its community partnerships‚ and is proud to add a new dimension of collegiate education through its partnership with Kennesaw State University.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit