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

  • Next Up


    Thesis Candidates David Arevalo, Rasika Borse and Michelle Cantua present Subtle Perceptions

    Subtle Perceptions is a three-night event featuring choreography by thesis candidates David Arevalo, Rasika Borse, and Michelle Cantua; each candidate explores a similar thematic content related to the way in which one perceives and experiences the world around them.March 1-3, 2018 @ 8 PM, Programming varies each night


  • 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

Student Spotlight

SHSU to Participate in National Water Dance 2018!

On April 14, 2018 at 5PM CST, SHSU Dance will participate 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 last year and get more details here!


Guest Artist Spotlight

Mike Esperanza comes to SHSU

As part of the Dance Gallery Festival Guest Artist Residency program,
New York choreographer Mike Esperanza joined us last semester for an extended time to work with SHSU dancers on a new work for the Fall 2017 Dance Spectrum Concert. Learn more about Mike Esperanza here! 


Faculty Spotlight

Elijah Gibson presents The Black Card

SHSU dance faculty Elijah Alhadji Gibson makes his Houston choreographic debut with The Black Card. In this collection of choreographed works, Elijah Alhadji Gibson provides a glimpse inside his personal experiences dealing with race and cultural affirmation and expression in the United States. Program also features emerging choreographer Alexis Lenell Anderson and several SHSU dancers and alumni.

See it Feb 9 & 10, 2018 at 7:30, The MATCH! 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: