Kennesaw State University has expanded its Program in Dance in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance to the Department of Dance.
The change recognizes the growing excellence of the dance program and provides opportunities for continued growth, officials said. Ivan Pulinkala, formerly the director of the Program in Dance, will be the chair of the new department.
The program’s new status as a department within the College of the Arts allows the program to continue its rapid growth and development.
“The addition of new faculty and staff, the further development of our facility at Chastain Pointe and the development of additional budgetary resources will be some of the ways that the new department will provide additional resources for our dance students,” Pulinkala said.
Since it was founded in August 2005, the program is one of the fastest growing within the University System of Georgia. The KSU Dance Company has a growing record of regional and national recognitions, including invitations to perform in three successive National American College Dance Festivals.
“The development of the Department of Dance will provide additional resources to support the growing regional and national reputation of the KSU Dance Company and dance program,” said Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts.
The Department of Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance as well as a minor in dance. The dance major allows students the option of developing a concentration in modern, ballet or jazz. The department expects more than 100 dance majors in fall 2012 and currently employs 14 regionally and nationally accomplished full- and part-time faculty. Additionally, the department offers students further resources through ongoing partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, gloATL and Dance Canvas.
Pulinkala said he is grateful to the KSU administration and to colleagues within the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies for their continued support throughout the development of the new department.
“The development of the Department of Dance will enhance the experience of students at KSU,” Pulinkala said. “It will allow the dance program to achieve its growth potential as a leader in dance education in the Southeastern United States.”