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.
    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

  • Faculty/Guest Artist Concert


    Spring 2018 Spectrum Dance Concert

    This year's Spring Spectrum Concert will feature a new work by Dallas choreographer and guest artist Joshua L. Peugh, Graduate Student Jared Doster's work "Umbilic" that was recently selected to represent SHSU in the National Dance Festival in Washington, DC and new works by SHSU faculty David Deveau, Joshua Manculich, Dana Nicolay, Jennifer Pontius, and Dionne Sparkman Noble. April 26 - 28, 2018 @ 8 PM; James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater; Purchase online at or call 936.294.2339

  • SHSU Summer Dance Intensive


    Dance at Sam this summer!

    The SHSU two week long Summer Dance Intensive is designed for students between the ages of 13-19 (8th - 12th grade). Daily classes in all styles of technique, repertory and composition with great teachers and guest artists make this intensive one not to miss! Sign up today! 

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


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