The KSU Dance Company

The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that performs on campus, regionally and nationally. Students who major or minor in dance have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of each semester (fall/spring) to be a part of the company. The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to bring concert dance to the community, as well as serve the mission of education in dance through its outreach programs. Every year the company tours regional venues, performing and educating students about dance as a performing art. Through this outreach program, students in the company gain valuable touring experience while serving an important community mission. Members of the KSU Dance Company receive academic credit for performing in season concerts, informal concerts, as well as in community partner projects. Through a variety of performance opportunities, it is our goal to also provide students with practical production experiences that extend to the areas of design and stage management.

Fall 2014 KSU Dance Company

Avery

Peyton Avery

Peyton is a freshman at KSU and this her first semester in the KSU Dance Company. She is majoring in dance and finance. Before attending KSU, she lived in Michigan and studied at DuHadway Dance Dimensions for 13 years.



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Emily Behtz

Emily Behtz is a sophomore at KSU and is in the KSU Dance Company for the second semester. She is also a member of Nu Delta Alpha. Prior to attending KSU, Emily studied at Studio Dance Academy in Athens, GA.



Bigham

Charisse Bigham

Charisse is a senior Integrative Studies major, concentrating in Business Management and Dance. She has danced since she was three and has trained in various dance styles, with modern, hip-hop, jazz, and African being her favorites. This is her first semester in KSU Dance Company, and she is excited about the experience.



Collier

Cara Collier

Cara is a junior at KSU, and this is her fifth consecutive semester in the dance company. Prior to attending KSU, Cara trained at the Cartersville School of Ballet. She is beyond excited to see what this semester has to offer.



Crawford

Jaiva Crawford

Jaiva is a junior at KSU and has been a part of the KSU Dance Company for four semesters. She is on the student board for Ladies of Distinction, KSU Dance Company, Women of Color Success Initiative, and the Criminal Justice and Sociology Organization.



Crosby

Brian Crosby

Brian Crosby, a freshman at Kennesaw State University, is a first-semester member of the KSU Dance Company. Brian studied dance for 14 years at Mary Dee’s Dance Studio in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.



Dickson

Maura Dickson

Maura is in her sophomore year at KSU and is excited to be in her second semester in the KSU Dance Company. Prior to her enrollment at KSU as a dance major, Maura danced for Champaign-Urbana Ballet in Illinois for five years.



Ferguson

Emily Ferguson

Emily Ferguson is a sophomore at KSU and is performing with the Dance Company for the second semester. Emily previously trained at the Georgia Dance Conservatory, also known as Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, for 10 years. She is excited to have another chance to dance on stage.



Fritz

Molly Fritz

Molly is a freshman at KSU double majoring in Dance and Early Childhood Education. She danced at Peachtree City School of Dance in Fayetteville before attending KSU. This is her first semester in the company, and she is thrilled to be a part of this process.



Gibson

Ashley Gibson

Ashley began dancing at age five at Academy of Dance Arts, where she danced for 13 years. She is a sophomore dance major at Kennesaw State University, and this is her first semester in the KSU dance company. Ashley feels truly blessed for this opportunity to grow as a dancer.



Greene

Jade Greene

Jade is a senior at KSU. She has been cast in the KSU Dance Company for her second consecutive semester. Prior to attending KSU, she graduated from the Fine Arts Magnet program with a dual seal for her studies in dance, and she also received training from several teachers around the Atlanta area.



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Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir

Alexandra is currently a senior at KSU, and this is her fourth semester with the KSU Dance Company. Before moving to the United States of America and attending KSU, Alexandra finished her Pre-Professional Diploma in her home country Iceland. Alexandra is very excited for her very last fall semester with the company.



Hall

Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall is a senior Dance Major at Kennesaw State University. This is his sixth semester performing with the KSU Dance Company. He will also be taking a choreographic work to represent KSU at the American College Dance Festival for his second time next year.



Harris

Madeleine Harris

Madeleine is a sophomore, and this is her third semester with the KSU Dance Company. She previously trained with Georgia Dance Conservatory since she was three years old and the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company since age four. As the Dance Company Secretary and an active member of Nu Delta Alpha, she loves the dance department at KSU.



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Margot Harris

This is Margot's third year at KSU and her second semester in the KSU Dance Company. She is very excited to be in company this year. Margot danced at Cartersville School of Ballet for five years before attending KSU.



Hayworth

Breanna Hayworth

Breanna is a freshman at KSU and is in the KSU Dance Company for the first semester. She has danced for 14 years, but prior to attending KSU, she studied at Sawnee School of Ballet.



Jones

Camille Jones

Camille, a freshman at KSU, is experiencing her first semester with the KSU Dance Company. Camille started dancing at the age of three at Steps of Faith Dance Studio in Cartersville, Georgia. She is also double majoring in Dance and Exercise Science.



Keefe

Sarah Keefe

Sarah is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University and is in the KSU Dance Company for the first semester. She has also been included in the College of the Arts Dean’s List. Prior to attending KSU, Sarah studied as a company member for seven years at the Steps of Faith Dance Studio. 



Kelly

Christina Kelly

Christina is a junior at KSU. This is her second year attending KSU and her third semester in the company. She has performed at Off the Edge, Synergy, and with GloATL.



Ledford

Sicily Ledford

Sicily is a sophomore at KSU and is excited for her first semester with the KSU Dance Company. She is the Secretary of Nu Delta Alpha, a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and is in the Honors Program. Prior to attending KSU, Sicily studied at Cumming Dance Academy.



Leker

Amber Leker

This is Amber’s second semester in the KSU Dance Company. Last fall, she performed in Ivan Pulinkala’s piece Touchdown. Prior to dancing at KSU, she danced with Steps of Faith and Gotta Dance Atlanta.



Masciantonio

Cat Masciantonio

As a freshman at KSU, Cat is majoring in Dance with a modern concentration. This is her first semester with the KSU Dance Company and Nu Delta Alpha, previously training at The Georgia Ballet and Georgia Dance Conservatory. While at GDC, Cat was in company with Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater (previously Ruth Mitchell).



Massad

Christina Massad

Christina is a freshman at KSU, and this is her first semester with the KSU Dance Company. She previously trained with the Georgia Ballet for 12 years, once performing as Clara in the Nutcracker. Her training continued at Powerhouse Dance for two years. She now teaches at the Prima Ballet.



Novelli

Angela Novelli

Angela Novelli is a senior majoring in Dance and French at Kennesaw State University.  Angela began her technical dance training under the direction of Veronica Moretti Niebuhr at The Studio in Savannah, Georgia.  Angela is excited to begin her sixth consecutive semester dancing with the Company.



OToole

Bekah O'Toole

Bekah is a sophomore at KSU and is in the KSU Dance Company for the third consecutive semester. Before attending KSU, she trained for 15 years at Dance Contempra. Bekah is excited to be a member of company this semester.



Pennington

Marissa Pennington

Marissa is a sophomore dance major at KSU and has been a member of the company for three consecutive semesters. She is the Treasurer of Nu Delta Alpha and has also been selected to present a choreographic work at the American College Dance Festival this spring.



Perdue

Michaela Perdue

Michaela is a freshman dance major who has been dancing at Studio D since the age of three. This is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company and as a member of Nu Delta Alpha. Prior to attending KSU, she performed in many productions with Griffin Ballet Theatre. She is grateful for this opportunity to learn and be a part of such an amazing experience.



Phillips

Simon Phillips

Simon is currently in his third year at KSU double majoring in Dance and Psychology. As a former company member for the past four consecutive semesters, Simon is honored to hold the position as President of the KSU Dance Company for the 2014-2015 academic year. With much experience as an ongoing growing artist, he is overjoyed to serve the program as it continues to develop as well.



Pitts

Merianna Pitts

Merianna is a freshman at KSU and recently became a member of Nu Delta Alpha. She has been dancing for sixteen years and taught dance for two years. Merianna studied at Dance Contempra in Peachtree City.



Roberts

Meghan Roberts

Meghan Roberts is a junior with a double major in dance and communications. She received her training from Bravo Dance Center in Acworth, Ga. This is her fifth consecutive semester in the KSU Dance Company, and she is very excited to be a part of the company again.



Smith

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey is a senior dance major at Kennesaw State University. Prior to attending KSU, she trained at Steppin’ Up Dance Academy in Snellville, Georgia. This is Lindsey’s second semester as a KSU Dance Company member, and she is very excited about this upcoming year.



Steely

Luke Steeley



Stevens

Simone Stevens

Simone Stevens began her dance training at En Pointe School of Dance in Lilburn, GA at the age of three. She is a second-semester freshman here at Kennesaw and is excited to perform with the KSU Dance Company once again. Prior to attending Kennesaw in the spring, Simone trained in modern and ballet techniques at the Ailey School in New York City.



VanMeter

William VanMeter

William began his dance training at age 16 with Evolving Pointe Ensemble. This is William's second consecutive semester with KSU Dance Company. Before joining the dance program here at KSU in the spring of 2014, William studied classical and contemporary ballet with Joffrey Ballet in New York City.



Watkins

Cara Watkins

Cara Watkins is a sophomore at Kennesaw, and this is her second year with the fall company. She is a graduate of the Kingsport Ballet in Kingsport, Tennessee. She enjoys being in the dance honor society Nu Delta Alpha.



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Gracie Watkins

Gracie is a freshman at KSU, and this is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company.  She is also a member of Nu Delta Alpha. Prior to attending KSU, Gracie trained at The Creative Arts Guild: Ballet Dalton for seven years.



Weiss

Julia Weiss

Julia is a junior at KSU, and is majoring in Dance with a concentration in Modern. This is her third semester working with the KSU Dance Company. Before attending KSU, Julia danced with Footnotes Dance & Acrobatics Studio and competed with The Vibe Performance Company.



Whitener

Sara Whitener

Sara is a junior at KSU and is in the KSU Dance Company for the third semester. She is also double majoring in Communications. Prior to attending KSU, Sara attended the Cartersville School of Ballet for 14 years.



Wilder

Turner Wilder

Turner is a Junior Dance Major at KSU and is in the KSU Dance Company for the third semester. He is also a member of the KSU Gymnastics Club Team. Prior to dancing at KSU, Turner studied at The Dance Centre, Rome for two years. Turner is very excited to be cast in Dr. Pulinkala's choreography for the first time.



Willis

Emily Willis

Emily is a freshman at KSU.  This is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company. Previously, she danced at Dancentre South in Woodstock, GA.



Yarborough

Hannah Yarborough

Hannah is a junior at Kennesaw State University, and this is her first semester performing in the KSU Dance Company. She studied at Murphy Dance Studio for seventeen years, received training at Darton State College, and performed with Ballet Theatre South for 12 years.



Fall 2014 Production Crew

Blocker

Kamaria Blocker

Kamaria is a junior at KSU and is double-majoring in International Affairs and Dance. In addition to this being her first time on KSU Dance Production Crew, she is also a member of Model United Nations and AADSSO. Before KSU, she studied dance at Price Performing Arts Center.



Brown

Briana Brown

Briana is a sophomore. This is her first semester with the KSU Dance Company Crew. Briana is majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in Dance. Before attending KSU, she trained under Jennifer La Curan and Dr. Elizabeth Delancy at Darton State College.



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Mallory Brown

Mallory is a junior at KSU and is excited to be on production crew for the first time. She is a double major in Dance and Business. She has been a member of Nu Delta Alpha for 3 years.  Prior to attending KSU, Mallory studied at the Roswell Dance Theatre for 13 years.



Bunting

Kailey Bunting

Kailey is a freshman at KSU and is on production for the KSU Dance Company this semester. She has performed at Walt Disney, Panoply Arts Festival, Jazz on Tap, Ballet Fest, and has also choreographed productions of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cinderella, and Oklahoma. Prior to attending KSU, Kailey studied at Dancentre South for 14 years.



Pellini

Angelina Pellini

Angelina is currently a freshman double majoring in Dance and Business. Before attending KSU, she studied dance at Cumming Ballet Theatre for fifteen years. She also spent several summers attending the KSU Summer Arts Intensive. Angelina is honored to be a part of this exceptional dance program and is excited to be working with the production crew for the first time this semester.



Rainey

Megan Rainey

Megan is a senior at KSU and is excited to experience her first semester in the KSU Dance Company. Prior to attending KSU, Megan studied with Murphy Dance Studio for 16 years and performed with Ballet Theatre South for 12 seasons.



Rowe

Megan Rowe

Megan is a junior at Kennesaw State and is in the KSU Dance Company for the fourth semester, this semester being her second on the Production Crew. She has been to ACDFA, BalletFest, and performed at Dance Canvas. Megan is currently the Vice President of the KSU Dance Company.



Vaughn

Calla Vaughn

Calla is a freshman at KSU and is on the production crew for the KSU Dance Company.  Prior to attending KSU, Calla attended the Madison Studio of Dance Education for eight years.