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

    Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

    The SHSU Department of Dance will host the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival from October 13 - 15, 2016.

  • 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. Fall audition dates are: BFA December 2, 2016 and MFA October 28, 2016.

  • Upcoming Event

    Spring 2016 Dance Spectrum in Concert

    Featuring works by Faculty and Guest Artist Astrid von Ussar and
    ACDF Student work Grace Wilson
    Performance on April 28-30, 2016 @ 8
    In the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater
    Get your tickets at or 936-294-2339.

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Discover the FAMC Creative Community in Belvin-Buchanan Hall On Campus Housing Open only to College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication majors who choose to live in the Belvin-Buchanan Hall.

Department Spotlight

We are Greenwood; Choreographer Elijah Gibson; Photo by Lynn Lane
Faculty Spotlight


Elijah Gibson's piece "We are Greenwood" was selected at ACDA South-Central Conference to reprecent the region at the national festival in Washington, DC in June. Read more here!

We are Greenwood; Choreographer Elijah Gibson; Photo by Lynn Lane

Student Spotlight


SHSU Dance Major Timothy Amirault joins four other SHSU Dance Alumni in a dance featured on ABC's network television drama American Crime. The dance was choreographed by SHSU Faculty Andy and Dionne Noble. Catch the full story here!

Photo by Lynn Lane; Choreographer Elijah Gibson; Dancer Timothy Amirault

Choreographer Gerard Theoret
Alumni Spotlight


Recent MFA graduates Crystal Lewis and Travis Prokop land tenure track jobs. Read more here!

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Photo of The Ultra Loungers by guest artist Gerard Theoret; Photo by Lynn Lane

Department of Dance
815 17th Street, Suite 150, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 294-3342 or (936) 294-1875 | E-mail: