A Dance Celebration

  Kennesaw State University students get their groove on KENNESAW, Ga. (March 30, 2016)…

Georgia (Mar 30, 2016) —  

Kennesaw State University students get their groove on

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 30, 2016) — Gloria Estefan would have been in her element today on the Kennesaw Campus Green as College of the Arts Assistant Professor of Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman, summoned hundreds of willing participants to groove to the rhythm of the music and move their feet. (Click to watch the video.)

This is the second year for “Dance on the Green,” an outdoor event to celebrate dance from around the world, with free lessons for all levels of dancers from beginners to pros. Live drumming performances by percussionists from Kennesaw State’s School of Music rounded out the program.

“The music is all over the map,” said Gwirtzman, who acted as emcee. “Our professors and students are performing folk dances from Israel, India, China, Ireland, Switzerland and Africa.

“The midday event was also a way to check out KSU’s growing dance program and to let everyone know that dance courses are open to every student, not just dance majors.”

According to Ivan Pulinkala, chair of the Department of Dance, KSU has more than 100 students majoring in dance. Many hundreds more students minor in dance and take dance courses during the year.

Today’s event is a way to reach potential students like these who may want to add a dance class to round out their education.

“The purpose of the event is to come together and experience dance as a community activity,” said Gwirtzman. “It's also a great way to awaken to the beauty of spring on our campus!”

— Robert S. Godlewski

Photo by David Caselli

Video by Jennifer Hafer

Click to watch Dance on the Green with KSU's Department of Dance


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