Minor in Dance

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


Minor Overview

Sam Houston State University is home of one of the oldest and most successful Departments of Dance in the state of Texas. The SHSU Department of Dance has had nearly 30 works selected for the American College Dance Festival Association Regional Festival Gala Concerts and has been invited to six of the eight National College Dance Festivals hosted by ACDA which showcase the best of American college dance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. In the fall of 1998, the program was listed as one of the 25 outstanding programs in the United States by Dance Spirit Magazine.


Performance Opportunities - Performance opportunities for student minoring in dance: two faculty choreographed dance concerts (Spectrum) per academic year, graduate (ROYGBIV) & undergraduate (Dances @ 8 and Senior Studio) student produced concerts, MFA Thesis concerts, and regional and national dance festivals.

Minor in Dance Course Requirements

Minor Requirements

Minor in Dance 2017-2018 Catalog
Course Name Hours
Section I. 6-9 hours, a minimum of 3 dance technique courses, selected from
DANC 1201 Pilates-based Cond for Dance 2
DANC 1206 Theatre Dance Forms 2
DANC 1221 Intro to Ballet Dance Technique 2
DANC 1222 Intro to Modern Dance Technique 2
DANC 1223 Jazz Dance Technique I 2
DANC 1228 Tap Dance Technique I 2
DANC 1229 Hip Hop Dance Technique 2
DANC 2223 Jazz Dance Technique II 2
DANC 2228 Tap Dance Technique II 2
The following technique courses require a placement audition and departmental approval:
DANC 1333 Ballet Dance Technique I 3
DANC 1334 Modern Dance Technique I 3
DANC 2333 Ballet Dance Technique II 3
DANC 2334 Modern Dance Technique II 3
DANC 2337 Beginning Aerial Dance 3
DANC 3333 Ballet Dance Technique III 3
DANC 3334 Modern Dance Technique III 3
DANC 3335 Jazz Dance Technique III 3
DANC 3336 Improvisation and Partnering 3
DANC 3337 Int/Adv Aerial Dance 3
DANC 4333 Ballet Dance Technique IV 3
DANC 4335 Modern Dance Technique IV 3
DANC 4335 Jazz Dance Technique IV 3
Note: In section I, the range of 6-9 hours is established because some are 2 credit courses, while others are 3 credits.
Section II. 3 hours:
DANC 1372 Dance as Art 3
Section III. 3 hours:
Choose between:
DANC 2372 Dance History 3
DANC 2376 Choreography I 3
DANC 2331 Social and Folk Dance Forms 3
Section IV. 6 advanced hours:
Choose two from the following:
DANC 3376 Choreography II* 3
DANC 4372 Dance Criticism and Analysis 3
DANC 4384 Dance Pedagogy 3
*DANC 2376 is a pre-requisite for DANC 3376
Student may petition to enroll in other advanced courses in dance.