And her education in Arts and Cultural Management has given her the skills to do it
Krista Posyniak understands passion from learning dance. It got her through the 10-hour training days that left her feeling like she still wasn’t good enough to be the best. But Krista persisted and so did her love for dance, and now as she leaves the folds of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program, she plans to share that passion with the greater community.
“Dance has made me a hard worker,” she says. “Like anything in life, if you don’t invest yourself into everything it has to offer, you will fail.”
With 26 years of dancing, training, teaching, choreographing and performing under her belt, there’s no question Krista is fully invested. After years in Toronto, she moved to Edmonton, where she saw Arts and Cultural Management as another vehicle for her passion. “I was there because every part of my being wanted to be there and learn and take in whatever the program had to offer to make me a better arts manager.”
Now that she has graduated (with a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence), she has big plans for her future and for the future of Edmonton’s arts community. It all begins with making dance accessible to more people.
“I want to offer dance classes and performances that are not specific to elitist art and body types, and yet still hold meaning and technique at a high level,” she says. “I hope to offer beginner dance classes to adults and to create a youth dance company. I am continuing to train, teach, perform and choreograph in Edmonton, and hopefully across Canada. Down the line I would like to create an outdoor dance festival in Edmonton, and to tour it.”
Krista is also keen to become a fund developer for arts organizations because she’s fascinated with discovering what other people find interesting about art, and connecting with them based on that mutual appreciation.
“The connections that I’ve made with people, whether they were my classmates and colleagues, instructors or guest speakers, is one of the most important things I’ve learned,” she says of her time at the university. “Those connections can support you, provide you with invaluable information, create a sounding board for ideas and offer opportunities for the future.”
MacEwan University was proud to celebrate the Class of 2014 at its fall convocation ceremony. Congratulations to all of the graduates, including those who were presented with Dean’s Medals for Academic Excellence:
- Anas Saleh, Faculty of Arts and Science
- Krisztina Pap, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
- Dena Florence Wright, Faculty of Health and Community StudiesVivian Joy Binnema, School of Business
- Darryl Glen, School of Business
- Krista Posyniak, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
- Michael Liam Paul Francoeur, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
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