Dance program graduates its first class


 First bachelors degrees awarded in May   After Myles Johnson graduates this spring he…

Georgia (Apr 19, 2010)

 First bachelors degrees awarded in May

After Myles Johnson graduates this spring he plans to travel the globe in
search of inspiration. Jillian Soden wants to perform on cruise ships and Chase
Todd will pursue his dream of performing on Broadway.
  Johnson, Soden and Todd are among 15 students who are the first to receive
a bachelor’s degree in dance from KSU this May. Launched in January 2009, there are
currently 62 dance majors in the program.
”Response to the program has been remarkable and with 15 graduates this year,
we have already exceeded the Board of Regents requirements for graduation during
our second year,” said Ivan Pulinkala, program director and associate dance professor
at KSU. According to Pulinkala, new programs are typically given five years to graduate
10 students.
Courses in the dance program include dance composition, history, criticism,
kinesiology and pedagogy, along with African, tap, musical theater and social dance.
Concentrations in the program include ballet, modern or jazz.
“We had more than 90 students audition for the dance major in its first year, and
we accepted 55,” Pulinkala said. “We are estimating an additional 25-30 dance majors
joining the program in fall 2010.”
Although still in its infancy, the dance program, offered through KSU’s College
of the Arts, has already garnered regional and national recognition. In 2008, the KSU Dance
Company won top honors at the regional American College Dance Festival held at the
University of Florida. Their performance, “Incubus,” was one of 29 dances selected out
of a national pool of 430 to be performed at the National American College Dance Festival
held at the Arthur Miller Theatre in New York City.
This fall, the program will move into an 8,000-square-foot facility at Chastain Point
that boasts one large instructional studio, one small practice studio, dance offices, showers
and a student lounge.
“Our growth and success is directly related to the quality of dance education we are
able to offer at KSU, our strong faculty and supportive administration,” Pulinkala said.
- by Jennifer Hafer





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