A Message from the Chair of the Department of Dance

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Welcome to the Kennesaw State University Department of Dance, where imagination moves!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to our dance community. We're Georgia's largest undergraduate Dance Department and home to Atlanta's only discipline-specific Dance Theater. Our nationally recognized faculty fosters innovation in teaching and learning while promoting an artist-scholar model. We value and pursue creative artistry, innovative research, and engagement with professional practices.

The Department of Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with concentrations in ballet and modern dance. Our professionally oriented performance degree integrates conservatory level training within a liberal arts curriculum. The curriculum is bolstered by guest artist residencies, partnerships with industry experts, and a professional presenting season. Our students have numerous opportunities to perform and choreograph through the KSU Dance 

Company. The KSU Dance Company is one of the few companies in the American College Dance Association history to receive five invitations to perform at the National College Dance Festival gala concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 2021, the KSU Dance Company was selected to present work in ACDA's inaugural Screendance Festival National Gala Concert. Along with nine regional gala selections, these distinctions position the 

Department of Dance at KSU as a leading program among peer institutions in the Southeast.

We encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities offered on our beautiful campus and within proximity to the vibrant Atlanta arts community. We have forged unique partnerships with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, and our KSU Summer Choreographic Residency provides students with opportunities to work with leading professional choreographers. Through our biannual Education Abroad program, students travel to Israel to 

study with the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company. This collaboration imparts students with life-altering experiences, broadening their understanding of dance in a global context.

If you're looking for a rigorous, creative, and progressive dance curriculum, a holistic student-centered environment, and high-caliber performance experiences, then we're the dance home for you. If you'd like to learn more about our program and our audition process or schedule a campus visit, please email us at KSUDance@kennesaw.edu. We invite you to be a part of the Department of Dance at KSU.

Marsha Barsky, M.F.A. 
Chair, Department of Dance