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Just one year after graduating from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts, alumna Indya Childs…

Georgia (Jan 9, 2015)

Just one year after graduating from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts, alumna Indya Childs has already captured the attention of the dance world. She has landed a spot as one of “25 to Watch in 2015” in the current issue of Dance Magazine.

Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” features young dancers from some of the world’s top dance venues. From Paris to New York, from Moscow to Los Angeles, and from Copenhagen to Chicago, these are among the best of the best.

Childs, who graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in dance, represents a host of KSU dance alumni who have achieved success as performers, choreographers, scholars and administrators. Honored with the Outstanding Senior in Dance Award in 2013 for her exemplary record of both artistic and scholarly aptitude, Childs credits Kennesaw State’s dance department for giving her the tools and knowledge to market herself in the competitive dance field.

“The program strengthened me as a dancer by providing many performance opportunities at the university, as well as opportunities of performing with professional companies and choreographers off campus,” Childs said. “The professors in the dance department were very nurturing and went above and beyond with advising me on my future goals as an artist. I am very proud to be a KSU dance alumna!” 

Among aficionados, Dance Magazine is a well-regarded national publication that has chronicled the evolution of dance for almost a century.

Describing the 23-year-old Atlantan’s style, Dance Magazine offered an enthusiastic appraisal of her work in its current edition:

“As a member of Ballethnic Dance Company, Childs sails across the stage with pure, neoclassical line, then slices through space, capoeira-style, with sheer joy and athletic prowess. … Whether her work is abstract or narrative, subtle or explosive, every move pulses with a sense of purpose that’s unquestionably her own.”

KSU dancers are highly sought after by metro-area choreographers and dance companies, according to Ivan Pulinkala, chairman of the Department of Dance. Several dance alumni have traveled nationally and internationally to work with renowned choreographers and companies.

Pulinkala recalled Childs’ strengths as a dancer in his work “Rhizome,” which she performed with the KSU Dance Company at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2012.

“Indya embodies the spirit of KSU dance. She performs with a tenacity that is extremely compelling and works consistently to deliver choreographic repertory with a high level of artistic integrity,” Pulinkala said. “I am thrilled for her success and wish her the very best with all her future endeavors.”

For more information about the KSU Dance program visit: www.kennesaw.edu/dance.

Photo credit: Richard Calmes

-- Robert S. Godlewski



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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