School of Theatre and Dance to Welcome Guest Dance Faculty and Students from Thailand

The School of Theatre and Dance will welcome guest dance faculty and students from Thailand's Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU) for two weeks in November and December as part of the third annual East Meets West performance and cultural exchange.

The visit will include the presentation of choreography by Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University professor Sun Tawalwongsri and performances by SSRU dance students during the School of Theatre and Dance's "Dance '17: Mosaic" concert December 1-3, 2017 in E. Turner Stump Theatre.

On December 5, dance students will also perform during the School of Music's World Music Concert in Ludwig Recital Hall.

A free Master Class in Thai Classical Dance will be presented on stage by the SSRU guests on Tuesday, December 5 from 3:20-5:00 p.m. in E. Turner Stump Theatre. The class will feature musical accompaniment by the School of Music's Thai Music Ensemble under the direction of professor Priwan Nanongkham. The class can accomodate 50 dance students and an audience of 500. For more information, or to sign up for the class, please contact Jeffrey Marc Rockland at 330-672-0124 or

On Wednesday, December 6, Pakhamon Much Hemachandra will be give master classes to the School of Theatre and Dance's pre-professional level Modern Dance classes. Born and raised in Thailand, Pakhamon Much Hemachandra professionally trained at Victorian College of The Arts with Bachelor of Dance (Melbourne, Australia). She toured internationally with EDge Postgraduate Dance Company of London Contemporary Dance School, The Place (London, UK) for their 2012/2013 season. In 2014, Pakhamon completed a Master’s degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from LCDS, The Place. She is currently working as an independent artist and dance practitioner.

The visit by faculty and students from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University is by Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts, and School of Music as well as Kent State's Undergraduate Student Government and The Arts and Culture Office and The Performing Arts Department in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.

POSTED: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:06pm