KSU Dance Company invited to perform at the Kennedy Center


Performance is part of The National College Dance Festival   Kennesaw, Ga. – The…

Georgia (Apr 10, 2012)

Kennesaw, Ga. – The Kennesaw State University Dance Company has been invited to perform in the American College Dance Festival Association's National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., May 24-27, 2012.
The company will perform "Rhizome" choreographed by Ivan Pulinkala, director of the KSU Program in Dance, with scenic design by Professor of Theatre Ming Chen and lighting design by Rebecca Makus, assistant professor of theatre.  KSU alumnus Erik Teague (theatre & performance studies, 2008) designed the costumes for this production.  Kenyon Shiver, KSU technical director, built the set.  "Rhizome" was last performed in Atlanta in January during the "Off the Edge" international dance festival at the Rialto Center.
This is the third successive national invitation for Pulinkala and the KSU Dance Company – the National College Dance Festival is held every two years.  In 2010, the KSU Dance Company was invited to perform Pulinkala’s "Chakra," at the national festival held at the Kennedy Center.  In 2008, the company performed "Incubus" at the national festival held at the Miller Theatre in New York City. 
"Since its inception, the Program in Dance has strived to be a creative leader in the Southeast. This national recognition is a tremendous accomplishment for our students and faculty," says Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts.
The Kennesaw State University Program in Dance is housed in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance within the College of the Arts. The program was started in fall 2005 under the direction of Ivan Pulinkala, and has quickly grown into one of the leading undergraduate dance programs in the Southeast, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with more than 100 dance majors, a state-of-the-art dance facility, 14 full- and part-time faculty and national recognitions. This summer, KSU will break ground on the second phase of the dance facility, adding studio space, a costume shop, a scene shop, a student lounge and additional faculty offices. 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
 The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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 kennesaw.edu