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 - Dec 1, 2017, Feb 16, 2018 & April 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
    MFA Audition Dates - Nov 10, 2017 & April 6, 2018 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


    SHSU Dance welcomes Joshua Manculich

    SHSU Dance is excited to welcome Joshua Manculich to our dance family. Joshua is a recent MFA graduate of The Ohio State University and an awardee of The Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. Click below to learn more!


  • Bits & Pieces


    Senior Studio Fall 2017

    Senior Studio - Bits and Pieces
    James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Dance Theater
    815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX
    November 16-18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
    Tickets: General $15; Seniors $12; $5 Students with valid ID
    Purchase online at or call 936.294.2339

     Buy tickets here! 


  • Fall 2017 Dance Spectrum in Concert


    Featuring new dance work by Guest Artist Mike Esperanza
    James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater
    Show times are 8 PM on November 30 – December 2, 2017 & 2 PM on December 2, 2017
    Tickets are $15 General Admission, $12 for Seniors, and $5 for Students.
    For ticket purchase visit

    Photo by Jared Doster


Department Spotlight

Student Spotlight

SHSU Choreographers in Dance Gallery NY!

Three SHSU student choreographers, graduate student Victoria DeRenzo, and alumni Jenny Gerena and Cassie Hobbs, submitted their work to the 2017 Dance Gallery Festival and were selected to have their work performed in NYC this November.  Congratulations to the choreographers on your accomplishment! 


Guest Artist Spotlight

Mike Esperanza comes to SHSU

As part of the Dance Gallery Festival Guest Artist Residency program,
New York choreographer Mike Esperanza will come for an extended time
to work with SHSU dancers on a new work for Fall 2017Dance Spectrum, the
faculty guest artist dance concert. Learn more about Mike Esperanza here! 


Faculty Spotlight

A Wynne Home Nutcracker 2017

Back by popular demand is Nicolay Dance Works' Holiday performance of the Nutcracker at The Wynne Home Arts Center. Directed by Dana Nicolay, this wonderful event takes place in one of Huntsville's historic homes and performed as an interactive, immersive experience. Get your tickets here! 

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