KSU Dance Co.

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The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that performs on campus, regionally, and nationally. KSU Dance majors have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of each semester. Faculty and guest artists work with the company in fall semesters and seniors work with the company in the spring, as part of their senior capstone project. Students also have the opportunity to audition to be cast in our summer Choreographic Residency, working with nationally selected choreographers and performing in our opening season concert. Participating as a company member is an invaluable experience for the avid performer.

The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to promote an appreciation of concert dance within the campus and local community through performances, outreach programs, and events. The KSU Dance Company performs each semester on campus, annually at the American College Dance Association, and on tour to regional venues, performing and educating students about dance as a performing art. The KSU Dance Company is one of the few student dance companies in the history of the ACDA to receive five national invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. KSU Dance Company members receive academic credit for performing in season concerts and community partner projects.

Dance Production

Students in the program have the opportunity to take Dance Production for academic credit with our Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer, learning the process of creating a show off the stage. This is a unique opportunity which is not offered in most dance programs. All KSU Dance Company productions are run by dance majors/minors.

Fall 2021 Dance Company

  • Kennesaw State Dancer Angelita Andrade

    Angelita Andrade

    Angelita is a fourth year dance major with a concentration in modern at Kennesaw State University. Angelita has been in the KSU Dance Company for seven semesters. This experience has given her the opportunity to work with prestigious choreographers, Lisa K. Lock, Sean Nguyen, Thang Dao and Ido Gidron. In her time at KSU, she was granted the Outstanding Choreographer Recognition and Eleo Pomare/Glenn Connor Dance Endowment. Angelita was the president of the Student Dance Collective and Social Media Manager for the Dance Company at KSU. Angelita was selected to be a choreographer and film director for ACDA 20/21. Angelita is thrilled to continue her artistic growth with the KSU Dance Company.
    • Savannah Banks

      Savannah Banks

      Savannah is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Dance with a Ballet Concentration. She is from Macon, GA where she started her dance education at Dance Arts Studio. After training at Dance Arts Studio for 11 years, she joined Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s pre-professional division and later went on to train with Orlando Molina at the Orlando Molina Ballet Training Center. She is very excited to be serving as President of the Student Dance Collective this year. Savannah is looking forward to continuing her education at KSU and performing with the company this fall. 

      • emily barton

        Emily Barton

        Emily Barton is a Sophomore dance major with a modern concentration. This is her third semester as a KSU dance company member. She is from Newnan, Georgia, danced for Carrollton Academy of Dance, and was a member of Parker Dance Company. She has danced for 15 years and was a competitive dancer for 13 years, receiving countless accolades throughout the years. Outside of her dance education at KSU, she now teaches at a studio in the area! She has a desire to learn and is eager to explore the endless possibilities of artistic expression through dance. She feels as though dance is her safe place and it has shaped her into who she is today. She is further pursuing her dance education at KSU in hopes to one day fulfill her dream of owning her own dance studio. She is honored to have been chosen to be in Andrea Knowlton’s piece for the fall show and is so excited to continue this journey!

         

        • Corea Batey

          Corea Batey

          Hi! My name is Coreá Batey. This is currently my second year at Kennesaw State University, majoring in Dance. I joined the Dance department because Dance is my true passion and I plan to make it my future career. I hope to become more versatile from this experience as it allows me to explore the different functions and aspects of working with the Dance Company.

          • Ethan Brasseaux

            Ethan Brasseaux

            Ethan is a movement artist, also extending their focus to performance. This is their eighth, and final, semester being apart of the KSU Dance Company. In Ethan’s spare time, they enjoy traveling and being with their loved ones. As always, they are excited for the immense growth that the artistic process brings. 

            • KSU dance student Mya Bresler

              Mya Bresler

              Mya is a junior dance major and ballet concentration here at KSU. She is currently a teacher at Step Up Dance Academy in Cartersville and has been dancing for nearly 10 years, a majority of which was spent at Dance and Music Academy in Woodstock. She is trained in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. This is her second semester in company, but her first time being in the fall show. She is grateful for this experience and excited to perform!

              • Ifeanyi Mwongozi Eze

                Ifeanyi Brown

                Ifeanyi began dancing at age 7 with Umojaa African Dance Company instruction by Linda Kabibi Johnson out of Oakland California. Oakland is the place Ifeanyi found her passion and desire for dance.  Ifeanyi joined many theater and dance groups throughout the years traveling to different artist conventions and teaching young children the art of dance. Ifeanyi’s dance experience includes Freestyle artistry, Modern, Traditional African and contemporary African dance. Ifeanyi comes from a family of musicians and artists and is proud to now be a part of the KSU Dance company. Ifeanyi is eager to explore the art of dance and inspire others with her gift and passion for dance and the arts!

                • Kristian Brown

                  Kristian Brown

                  Kristian is a senior Business Management major with a minor in Dance and Music & Entertainment Business. She began dancing at a young age and hasn't stopped since. This is her first semester as part of the Production team. She is very excited to be a part of the Production team and help bring the Fall Dance Shows to life!

                  • Autumn Bryant

                    Autumn Bryant

                    Autumn is a 3rd year Kennesaw State University student with a double major in dance and nursing. Her dance major is a concentration in Modern. Autumn is from Jonesboro, Georgia and found her love for dance at the young age of 4. Autumn attended Martha Ellen Stillwell School of Arts where she participated in all genres of dance groups. Her future goals include becoming a mid-wife nurse and a world-renowned dancer, dancing for many mainstream artist. Autumn would love to help bring life into the world, as well as sharing the world of dance to different lives.

                    • Kiara Bruch

                      Kiara Burch

                      Kiara Burch (she/ they) is a junior dance major with a modern concentration. Kiara is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts' Dance Department under the direction of Michael Owen. She has also trained with the Atlanta Ballet and Georgia Ballet, in addition to attending summer programs such as American Ballet Theatre, NW Dance Project, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. A recent transfer, this fall will be Kiara's first semester in KSU's Dance Company- they are delighted for this opportunity. 

                      • Laney Burns

                        Laney Burns

                        Laney Burns is a sophomore dance major with a concentration in modern. This is her first semester at KSU and her first time being a part of the dance company. She has been dancing for 11 years with some gymnastics training during that time. Though she has trained at several different studios, her home studio is the Tempo Dance Center located in north Georgia. There she competed in several dance competitions and has taught many different dance styles, including acro, for 6 years. Still teaching dance & tumble at local studios, Laney is excited to begin her new journey at Kennesaw State.

                        • KSU dance student Jordan Carter

                          Jordan Carter

                          Jordan Carter is a junior here at Kennesaw State University majoring in dance and minoring in sociology. She has been dancing passionately for the last 14 years, expanding her knowledge in not only dance, but choreography as well. This is her second semester in the KSU Dance Company and she couldn’t be more elated to work with everyone this year! She is so excited for the semesters to come!

                          • KSU dance student Omari Collier

                            Omari Collier

                            Omari is a fourth-year Media & Entertainment major and Dance minor. He was a member of the Carla's Dance Factory Performing Company for 11 years and has proven himself to be an exceptional dance instructor. As this school year's ACDA choreographer, Omari looks forward to an incredible semester with the company.

                            • KSU dance student Hannah Culp

                              Hannah Culp

                              Hannah is a senior dance major with a ballet concentration and is minoring in mathematics. She began her dance training at the Cartersville School of Ballet under the Artistic Director, Terri Kayser, at the age of 8. She is currently still with her home-studio and this will be her 16th year of training there. This is her third semester in the KSU Dance Company and her second semester as part of the production crew.

                              • Jada Rae Davis

                                Jada Rae Davis

                                Jada Rae Davis is in her Junior year as a double major in dance (modern concentration) and Journalism and Emerging media. Jada has been dancing since the age of 7 beginning her dance journey at Susan’s Dance Company in Stone Mountain Georgia. She continued her dance career from age 11-18 at Eagles Landing Dance Center training in over five different styles of dance. Ultimately, Jada would like to become a commercial dancer while still fulfilling her journalism dream of managing social media for huge company’s. Jada is ecstatic to be apart of the KSU dance company and excited to gain more on-stage experience!

                                • KSU dancer Sam Doyle

                                  Sam Doyle

                                  Sam Doyle is a senior, who is working towards degrees in Dance and Secondary Math Education. She is excited to be a part of the crew for Forces of Grace and is grateful to KSU Dance for this opportunity!

                                  • Deonna Francois

                                    Deonna Francois

                                    Deonna Francois is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Dance with a minor in Spanish. She began dancing at six years old and studied at Dancentre South in Woodstock, Georgia for eight years under the direction of Annie Day and Marcus Alford. She is thankful for the opportunity to study and advance her passion with the KSU Dance Company

                                    • Chaes Hatfield

                                      Chaes Hatfield

                                      Chaes Hatfield began his dance training at age three at his mother’s dance studio, Miss Bridgette’s Turning Point Dance Academy in Cincinnati, OH. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance at Kennesaw State University on one merit-based dance scholarship and an outstanding choreographer scholarship for his collaborative film. In addition to performing with the KSU Dance Company for the Eighth consecutive show in his college career, Chaes has performed with Miss Bridgette’s Turning Point Dance Academy (Cincinnati, OH), Gretchen Green School of Dance (Savannah, GA), Studio 23 Dance Company (Atlanta, GA), as well as received national titles across the country. Chaes Hatfield is thrilled to be finishing his senior year with KSU! 

                                      • KSU dance student Tyler Hayes

                                        Tyler Hayes

                                        Tyler Hayes is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in dance with a concentration in modern, as well as Business Entrepreneurship. Tyler is originally from Rome, Georgia where she trained with Rome Civic Ballet for 13 years. There she practiced tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and contemporary technique and choreography classes. She was apart of the Spring 2021 KSU dance company and is excited to dance for the company again this fall. Tyler looks forward to broadening her training further and can’t wait to perform again! 

                                        • McKinely Horn

                                          Mckinley Horn

                                          McKinley Horn is a Senior Dance major with a Modern concentration. She has been dancing since the age of three and was a member of Bravo Dance Center’s Company for eight years. During her time at Bravo she was a member of the Dance National Honors society and received several scholarships from competing at various dance conventions. McKinley now teaches four classes at Bravo and loves sharing her love of dance with her students. This will be her fourth semester in the KSU Dance Company, and she is excited to share the stage with her talented classmates again.

                                          • Anna Jackson

                                            Anna Jackson

                                            Anna Jackson is a senior dance major with a concentration in modern. This is her fifth semester being a part of the dance company at KSU. Anna is thrilled to be back on the KSU Dance Theatre stage and is so thankful for the opportunity to work with the incredible Ido Gidron. In her time at KSU Dance, Anna has received the Outstanding Freshman scholarship, and a scholarship in Outstanding Choreography for her collaborative dance film with Chaes Hatfield “It Was Never Normal”. She served as PR Chair and Vice President of Student Dance Collective. Anna trained at Fleetwood Dance Theatre for 15 years prior to her dance career at KSU. She intends on pursuing a professional performance career after graduating in May 2022. Anna feels such love and gratitude for the KSU Dance faculty and community for such a meaningful and memorable college experience, and she is looking forward to finishing her final year with KSU Dance. 

                                            • Myles Jones

                                              Myles Jones

                                              Myles is a senior transfer student at Kennesaw State University and is very grateful to be training with the KSU Dance Company this fall! Myles is pursuing a B.A. in Dance with a Ballet concentration with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. Their end goal is to teach dance in public school systems and to approach difficult political conversations through choreography, as well as perform with several Ballet companies. In their spare time, Myles enjoys expanding their DVD collection and spending time with their friends, as well as protesting and advocating for marginalized communities. 

                                              • Autumn Justice

                                                Autumn Justice

                                                Autumn Justice is a freshman dance major with a modern dance concentration. This is her first semester as a KSU dance company member. She is from Dallas, Georgia, danced for Carrollton Academy of Dance, and was a member of Parker Dance Company. She has danced for 16 years and was a competitive dancer for 14 years. Autumn is excited to continue her education of dance at KSU and cannot wait to see what the KSU Dance Department brings her in the future. 

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                                                  Skie Justice

                                                  Skie Justice is a freshman dance major, she is a modern concentration. This is her first semester in the dance company at KSU. She is from Dallas, Georgia, she danced for Carrollton Academy of Dance and was part of Parker Dance Company. She has been dancing for 16 years and competed for 13 of those years. She is very excited to continue her education in dance at KSU and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her at the KSU Dance Department

                                                  • Kennesaw State Dancer Olivia Kraus

                                                    Olivia Kraus

                                                    Olivia Kraus is a junior dance major with a concentration in modern. This is her fourth semester with the KSU Dance Company. She started dancing at the age of 3, spending most of her time at Becky Jones School of Dance where she joined the performance company at age 12. Growing up, Olivia trained in contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. She is excited to be a part of company again this semester and is looking forward to growing with KSU dance.

                                                    • Brianna Mack

                                                      Brianna Mack

                                                      Brianna is in her junior year pursuing a duel degree in sociology and dance with a concentration in ballet. This will be her 4th semester as part of the KSU dance company. She started dance at the age of 3 and danced with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre for 10 years. She has attended multiple summer intensives including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Southeastern School of Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theatre. She was also invited to take part in Texas Ballet Theatre's professional division during their 2018-2019 season. Brianna is delighted to continue her journey within the company and hopes to broaden her dance abilities.

                                                      • Kennesaw State Dancer Madison Martin

                                                        Madison Martin

                                                        Madison is a junior dance major with a modern concentration. She began her dance training at the age of 11 at Studio 23 and was a member of the dance company for 7 years. This will be her fourth semester participating in the KSU dance company and she is looking forward to the experience.

                                                        • Alegandra Moreno

                                                          Alejandra Moreno

                                                          Alejandra Moreno is a Hispanic Junior dance student at Kennesaw State University currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Modern dance. She started her dance training at age 12 in different techniques as Modern, Ballet, and Latin dance. She is curious and open-minded about exploring different forms of dance and multicultural experiences that contribute to her Latino cultural heritage.

                                                          • Dominique Nixon

                                                            Dominique Nixon

                                                            Dominique Nixon is a Senior at Kennesaw State as a Dance major with a Modern concentration. She previously danced in music videos with “KD Kitt”, and the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. She enjoys taking heels dance class at Divine Dance Studio and will be teaching her own very soon. This will be Dominique’s 2nd year being a part of the KSU Dance Company and is very excited to work.

                                                            • Katie Podawiltz

                                                              Katie Patrick

                                                              Katie is a senior dance major with a concentration in Ballet. She trained at the Dance Theatre of Dalton for fourteen years, and taught for four years, before coming to Kennesaw State. This will be her fourth semester in the Dance Company. She has also participated in the Production crew for two semesters. She is so excited to perform for the last time at KSU this November!

                                                              • Kaitlyn Podawiiltz

                                                                Kaitlyn Podawiltz

                                                                Kaitlyn Podawiltz is a freshman dance major with a modern concentration.  This is her first semester in the KSU Dance Company.  Kaitlyn is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, but has been in Georgia for 7 years.  She danced at Dancentre South for 7 years, where she performed in multiple showings of The Nutcracker of Cherokee County.  Kaitlyn has been dancing for 16 years, and plans to continue her dance education at KSU to hopefully own her own studio.  Outside of KSU, she teaches back at her home studio.  She is thrilled to begin her journey at KSU, surrounded by amazing dancers!

                                                                • Kennesaw State Dancer Leah Prince

                                                                  Leah Prince

                                                                  Leah Prince is a junior at Kennesaw State University and is majoring in dance and exercise science. She is from Augusta, Georgia, where she danced for twelve years. This is Leah’s fifth semester with the Dance Company at KSU and she is excited to be working with our guest choreographer, Ido Gidron. 

                                                                  • Zachary Pritts

                                                                    Zac Pritts

                                                                    Zachary Pritts is a Junior and also a dance major at Kennesaw State University with a ballet concentration. He trained at Rhythm Dance Center before coming to Kennesaw. He also performed in the Nutcracker for Gwinnett Ballet. He is excited to be a part of an amazing show.

                                                                    • Kennesaw State Dancer Reagan Replogle

                                                                      Reagan Replogle

                                                                      Reagan is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in dance with a concentration in modern. She danced and tumbled competitively for 12 years, as well as being a principal dancer in her hometown of Florence, Kentucky. In Fall 2019, Reagan had the honor of working as stage manager for the showcase of SLANG. She is excited to be joining the KSU Dance Company for her fourth semester and can’t wait to learn and grow through movement at Kennesaw.
                                                                      • KSU dance student Ashley Rismondo

                                                                        Ashley Rismondo

                                                                        Ashley Rismondo is a sophomore dance major with a concentration in Ballet. She trained at Georgia Dance Conservatory for 14 years and danced with the school's affiliate pre professional company Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre for 10 years. Throughout her training she attended several summer intensives including Boston Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. This is her second semester with the KSU Dance company.

                                                                        • KSU dance student Emmie Rogers

                                                                          Emmie Rogers

                                                                          Emmie is a double major in Marketing and Dance. She has been dancing since she was 8 years old. At Sawnee School of Ballet, she was a member of their company for 7 years and performed in many shows such as Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Beauty and the Best, etc. In Nutcracker, some of her roles were Clara, Arabian Queen, and Snow Queen. Emmie was also the co-captain of her high schools competition dance team when they won the state competition in hip hop. She also used to do competitive horseback riding for 4 years. This is Emmie’s second semester as a dance major as well as a member of the company. At KSU, Emmie is also a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She is super excited to be a part of the fall company and can’t wait to see where she’ll go in the dance department.

                                                                          • Deanna Saunders

                                                                            Deanna Saunders

                                                                            Deanna is a senior dance major with a concentration in modern dance. This will be her fifth semester in the KSU dance company. She danced at Star Dance Studio located in Newnan, GA, for 13 years where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and hip hop. She was also a member of their performance company for 11 years. She now serves as a member on their teaching staff. Throughout her career, she has received many honors and learned so much through her teachers, professors, and fellow dancers. During her sophomore year, she had the honor of receiving the Jo Ann Durham Scholarship in Dance(modern concentration). She is so excited to serve as the President of the Dance Company and be a part of the company! 

                                                                            • KSU dance student Chria Sharp

                                                                              Chria Sharp

                                                                              Chria Shar is in her junior year as a dance major with a concentration in modern and a minor in business management. This is her second experience being part of the KSU Dance company! Chria has been dancing since the age of five at East Athens Educational Dance Center, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and African Dance. Eventually, she plans to become a commercial dancer and obtain more experience performing on stage. Chria is so delighted to be a member of the KSU dance company and desires to have more opportunities to be on stage.

                                                                              • lydia Velatini

                                                                                Lydia Velatini

                                                                                Lydia Velatini is a junior at Kennesaw State University currently pursuing a double degree in exercise science and dance with a concentration in ballet. She has trained seriously in ballet for the past 15 years, and is well learned in modern, contemporary, jazz, and pointe. This will be her second time participating in the KSU dance company and is very excited to be getting back to in person performances. In the future Lydia hopes to use her dance expertise to propel her into the world of physical therapy, and she hopes to attend graduate school for this reason. Lydia has absolutely loved her time at KSU dance and looks forward to the coming opportunities and experiences that the program will bring her. 

                                                                                • Carly Waters

                                                                                  Carly Walters

                                                                                  Carly Walters is a sophomore double majoring in dance and business management. She has trained in the ballet academy of Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance for seven years. She is certified in level one of the Revolutionary Principles of Movement curriculum and is also continuing her dance education through teaching at AABD. She has attended summer intensives with Texas Ballet Theater, American Ballet Theatre in NYC, and the Orlando Ballet School. She is very excited for this semester in company! 

                                                                                  • Laura Grace Wenning

                                                                                    Laura Grace Wenning

                                                                                    Laura Grace Wenning (they/them) is a senior ballet concentration who has minors in Psychology and Nutritional Science. They received their dance training from Atlanta Professional Dance Academy and are currently preforming with Namari Ballet Company under the direction of Antwan Sessions. This will be their fourth and last season working with the KSU dance company. They are looking forward to what the future holds and how they will grow to become a great person, dancer, choreographer, and artistic professional. 

                                                                                    • Madeline Whitehead

                                                                                      Madeline Whitehead

                                                                                      Madeline is a Senior double majoring in dance with a ballet concentration, and Apparel & Textiles. This will be her fifth semester in KSU’s dance company. She received her dance training at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre for 15 years in ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop as well as Miami City Ballet and The School of American Ballet’s summer intensives. Madeline is thrilled to be a part of the KSU Dance company again this semester!

                                                                                      • Alexis Young

                                                                                        Alexis Young

                                                                                        Alexis is a Junior dance major with a modern concentration. She started dancing at Fusion Dance Company for many years and has been taking KSU summer intensives since 7th grade. She has also danced as well as student choreographed for admix project in 2019.

                                                                                         

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