Kennesaw State’s Department of Dance expands with new facilities

New dance studios feature state-of-the-art sprung floors; one is largest in metro area

Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance completed the second phase of an expansion to its Chastain Pointe facilities. The new facilities include a classroom, two dance studios, student lockers and a student lounge area, faculty and staff offices, a costume shop, a scene shop and a storage area for dance equipment.

The new dance studios are equipped with state-of-the-art sprung floors and audio-visual equipment. One of the studios is the largest in the Atlanta area.

The department’s growth over the last few years has led to this current expansion as larger facilities became necessary to accommodate the growing number of dance students. First founded in 2005 as the Program in Dance (within the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies) and with only a dance minor, the program quickly grew to more than 140 students. In 2009, a dance major was added, and in 2012, the program became its own department in the College of the Arts.

Ivan Pulinkala, chair of the Department of Dance and founding director, said the expansion has been supported and funded by the University “in response to the program’s exponential growth since its beginning. It is now the largest dance program in Georgia, and it has become a highly-selective, high-demand program, with over 100 majors auditioning every year for approximately 25 available slots.” The KSU Dance Company has participated in the National College Dance Festivals in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

“It is exciting to now have facilities that will support our success and growth and provide a home for the Department,” Pulinkala said. He noted planning for Phase III will begin during the 2013-2014 school year. “As resources permit,” Pulinkala said, “we will continue to expand and complete the building.”

The Department of Dance plans to add a master’s degree program and gain accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance. It will launch the KSU Dance Festival in Spring 2014 and host the American College Dance Festival Regional Conference in 2016.

 To learn more about the Department of Dance, please visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/dance.