KSU Dance concert “TEN” celebrates milestone


KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 29, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Department of…

Georgia (Oct 28, 2015)

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 29, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance celebrates 10 years of dance with the concert “TEN” from Nov. 11-14 at 8 p.m. in the Stillwell Theatre on the Kennesaw Campus.

“TEN” encompasses the work of six choreographers responding to the 10-year anniversary theme, and features more than 40 dancers from the KSU Dance Company.

The concert includes work by the Israeli guest choreographer Ido Tadmor, presented in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta. Other works include choreography by Department of Dance Chair Ivan Pulinkala, Daniel Gwirtzman, McCree O’Kelley, Lisa Lock and a classical re-staging by Christine Welker from Atlanta Ballet.

Pulinkala’s work, which is set to a musical score by KSU music professor John Lawless and music major Eric Ramos, features the KSU Percussion Ensemble.

Pulinkala, who founded the Kennesaw State dance program in 2005, has strategically charted its development into the largest collegiate dance program in Georgia, and a leader in undergraduate dance education in the Southeastern U.S.

“KSU Dance has been built by the collaborative work of our outstanding faculty, staff and students, and with the ongoing support of our campus community, administration, and community partners,” Pulinkala said.

“Our partnerships with leading arts organizations like Atlanta Ballet, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and the Rialto Center for the Arts, provide our students with opportunities to perform, choreograph, and teach in professional venues.”

The growth of the nationally celebrated dance company has accelerated withthe development of new state-of-the-art facilities at Chastain Pointe. The dance program now hosts the annual KSU Dance Festival, features the largest dance studios in the metro Atlanta area, and brings in world-renown guest artists and dance companies.

“The Department of Dance has a highly qualified and dedicated faculty, staff and leadership,” said Patricia S. Poulter, dean of the College of the Arts.

“There is a clear, shared vision for what kind of experiences, knowledge, and work ethic students should need to transition into the professional arena. Students are able to work with internationally known guest artists on a regular basis, perform in professional venues, and are held to a high academic standard. The program is rigorous, yet designed to meet students on their level when they enter the major, and move toward excellence in artistry, technique, historical and theoretical knowledge and professionalism.”

Through a partnership with the Israeli Consulate, KSU Dance has welcomed a host of professional dance artists from Israel, home to what many believe is the leading contemporary dance scene in the world. Pulinkala is currently developing an Education Abroad program for dance majors in Israel, which will be launched in summer 2016 and include training for students with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv.

Future plans for the Department of Dance, Pulinkala said, include a state-of-the-art theater for dance on the Marietta Campus, planning the launch of the first graduate M.F.A. degree in dance in Georgia, and designing the third phase of Kennesaw State’s dance facility at Chastain Pointe.

Tickets for “TEN” are available online at ticketing.kennesaw.edu. 

—Robert S. Godlewski


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