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. Eight 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.
    BFA Audition Dates - Nov 30, 2018, Feb 22, 2019, & April 12, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
    MFA Audition Dates - October 12, 2018 & Feb 8, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

    Photo by Lynn Lane, Pas de Six by Jennifer Pontius (based on the restaging by Anton Dolin in 1945), Dancer: Hannah Woolridge

  • New Dance Faculty


    Welcome New Faculty Member Donald C Shorter

    SHSU Dance is excited to welcome to our department new Assistant Professor Donald C Shorter. Mr. Shorter is a former dancer of Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company in New York City. Read more about Mr. Shorter here. 


  • From Visiting to Assistant Professor


    Congratulations David J Deveau

    SHSU Dance is excited to announce that David J Deveau is moving from the position of Visiting Professor to Assistant Professor of Dance. Mr. Deveau is a premiere lighting designer for dance and an expert in dance technology applications. Read more about Mr. Deveau here. 


Department Spotlight

Department Spotlight

SHSU Participated in National Water Dance 2018!

On April 14, 2018 at 5PM CST, SHSU Dance participated in National Water Dance, an artist driven collective of dancers confronting critical water issues facing the US. From NYC to Hawaii to Texas, all involved create a simultaneous, site-specific national dance performance/experience, using bodies to create a community that reaches out for action. See photos from this year and get more details here!


New to SHSU Dance?

Info for Incoming Dance Majors

If you are new to SHSU Dance please download this Info Blast created just for you so that you know what to expect. Still have questions? Contact the Dance Office anytime during the summer to get answers regarding registration, auditions, and more!

Info Blast for New Dance Majors

Student Spotlight

Outstanding TA Award & National Honor for Choreography

SHSU Dance would like to acknowledge Jared Doster for his recent accomplishments.

  • He was awarded SHSU's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • His choreographic work "Umbilic" was selected to go to the National College Dance Festival in Washington, DC
  • "Umbilic" will be featured at Jacob Pillow's Inside/Out: American College Dance Association Gala Highlights Performance in MA


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