Department of Dance

Dance at Sam Houston State University

The Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University delivers a dynamic, challenging experience that integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits designed to prepare each student for a 21st century career in dance. Seven full-time faculty and three part-time faculty bring the expertise of their professional performing careers and choreographic portfolios to guide the next generation of dance artists.


  • Upcoming Event


    Department of Dance Auditions

    Students who wish to be accepted into the Department of Dance must be admitted to the University as well as through the Department Auditions. Spring audition dates are: BFA February 17, 2017 and April 21, 2017 and MFA April 7, 2017.
    Photo by Lynn Lane, Pas de Six by Jennifer Pontius (based on the restaging by Anton Dolin in 1945), Dancer: Hannah Woolridge

  • Thank you Erin Reck


    We will miss you Erin!

    Thank you to Erin Reck for her wonderful service to dance, the students and the community at SHSU. We will miss you tremendously and wish you the very best for your future endeavors. Love to you --- visit us when you can! 

Department Spotlight

Student Spotlight

SHSU Dancers travel to NYC!

Director of The Dance Gallery Festival, Astrid von Ussar, set a dance work on SHSU dancers last Spring. She was so pleased with the dance that she requested that it be performed in NYC for the 10th anniversary of the festival. On November 10-13, 2016, seven students will travel to NYC and dance in the international dance festival along side emerging and seasoned professionals. Read more about the festival here!

Photo by Lynn Lane

Faculty/Student Spotlight

SAM DANCE at Jacob's Pillow!

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, SHSU students performed Professor Elijah Gibson's We Are Greenwood on the Inside/Out stage at the famed Jacob's Pillow! Congratulations Mr. Gibson and dancers on your accomplishment! Learn More 

Photo: The Cast Backstage at Jacob's Pillow

Alumni Spotlight

Dance Source Houston recognizes 4 alumni

Dance Source Houston has selected five Houston based choreographers for their Artist in Residence program for 2016-2017, four of them are SHSU Dance alumni! Congratulations Laura Harrell, Ty'Esha Lewis, Jennifer Mabus, and Felicia Thomas! Read more here!

photo by Joel Rivera

Department of Dance
815 17th Street, Suite 150, Huntsville, TX 77340
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