KSU Dance Co.
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.
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
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 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
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!
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 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.
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 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
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 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 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 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.
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!
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.
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 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
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 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 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!
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!
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 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 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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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 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 (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
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 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