Choreographer Jennifer Pontius; Photo by Lynn Lane Impression; Choreographer Jennifer Pontius; Photo by Lynn Lane


Admission to The Department of Dance

Admission - BFA in Dance

Undergraduate admission to the BFA in Dance is by audition only.  There is no fee for the audition. Additionally, to be accepted into the Department of Dance candidates also have to apply for admission to the university by completing an online application through the ApplyTexas application portal. The combined results of the audition and application will determine final admission to the BFA in Dance program. Students receive notice of their acceptance/rejection within two-three weeks following the audition they attend. Candidates are highly recommended to start their application to Sam Houston State University before auditioning. Applicants who are accepted to the University prior to November 1st can apply for campus-wide scholarships through Scholarship4Kats. You do not have to be accepted into the dance department prior to applying for Scholarship4Kats. Please see more information regarding scholarships below.

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Auditions - BFA in Dance

The 2016-2017 Academic Year audition dates for the BFA program are:

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. * no scholarships will be awarded during the April audition

Register for BFA audition

We encourage all applicants interested in auditioning for the program to register online at least one week prior to the audition date. However, walk-ins are welcome. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to allow time for parking and check in. 

Auditions are held on campus at SHSU in the new James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

Please allow three to four hours for the audition. BFA candidates do not need to prepare a solo. The dance faculty will teach ballet and modern movement phrases, followed by either a jazz phrase or an improvisation opportunity. Dancers should wear solid colored leotard, tights and ballet slippers. No prints on body wear and no baggy outer wear (i.e. no sweat pants or tops) should be worn for the audition. The modern dance phrase will be danced barefoot.

If you are attending an audition on either December 2 or April 21, we invite you to stay for a performance of Dance Spectrum, presenting SHSU dance students in works choreographed by faculty and guest artists. A complimentary ticket will be provided for the auditionee. Please view our website for additional dance performances.

Scholarships - BFA in Dance

Once you have been accepted to the University you will have access to submit a scholarship application through Scholarships4Kats, SHSU's streamlined application program. Department of Dance awards scholarships during the December and February audition. Audition at one of these auditions to be considered for departmental scholarships. All students awarded a departmental scholarship will need to submit a general Scholarships4Kats application. You do not need to have your Scholarships4Kats application submitted by your audition date, though it is recommended. However, to be considered for University wide scholarships, students should complete their Scholarships4Kats application by the priority deadline, November 1 2016.

Scholarships4Kats

Ideal Timeline for New Applicants (2017-2018 academic year)

Apply for University thru ApplyTexas

Prior to November 1st, 2016

Once accepted, Apply for Scholarship4Kats

By November 1st, 2016

Register for Dance Audition

At least two weeks prior to desired audition 

Notification of Dance Department Acceptance

Within two-three weeks following audition

Notification of Dance Scholarship

Two-three weeks following the February audition

If you have questions, contact the Department of Dance at:

Phone 936-294-3342 or 936-294-1875 and Email shsudance@shsu.edu


Admission - MFA in Dance

The application process for the MFA program is two-fold. Candidates must audition for acceptance into the Department of Dance MFA program by attending an on-site audition or long distance audition process and apply for acceptance to the University through the Office of Graduate Admission. 

To apply to the MFA in Dance degree program, submit the following application materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Letter of Inquiry
  2. Graduate Studies Online Application with the Application Fee
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  4. Video Portfolio of Performance and Choreography
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
  6. Transcripts of all Previous College Work
  7. Confirmation of Degree Conferral

In addition applicants must also attend an onsite audition that will include:

  1. Submission of a Writing Sample 
  2. Interview with Dance Faculty
  3. Technique Audition in Ballet and Modern Dance
  4. Presentation of a solo performance of a choreographic work composed by the applicant

Admission is based upon an aggregated evaluation of all application/audition components. 

Audition - MFA in Dance

The 2016-2017 Academic Year audition dates for the MFA program are:

  • Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Register for MFA audition

Location: SHSU Campus, Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Huntsville, Texas. 

We encourage all applicants interested in auditioning for the program to register online at least one week prior to the audition date. Applicants may audition even if all application materials have not been submitted, but it is encouraged that the applicant bring to the audition or submit as many of the application materials as possible prior to auditioning.

On the day of the MFA audition, applicants will take an 1 1/2 hour Modern class and 1 1/2 hour Ballet class along side current dance majors. They will also complete a writing sample, interview with the dance faculty and  show a 3-5 minute chorographic solo. Dancers should wear attire that shows the line of the body with no baggy outer wear. The modern dance phrase will be danced barefoot. 

Those auditioning will be invited to attend ROYGBIV an evening that features dances by current SHSU graduate students. If you have questions, contact the Department of Dance at: Phone 936-294-1875 and FAX 936-294-3954.

On both October 28 and April 7, we invite auditionees to stay for a performance of ROYGBIV, presenting SHSU dance students in works choreographed by current MFA students. A complimentary ticket will be provided for the auditionee. Additional tickets can be purchased at the PAC Box Office.

Please view our website for additional dance performances.

If you have questions, contact the Department of Dance at:

Phone 936-294-3342 or 936-294-1875 and Email shsudance@shsu.edu

Choreography by Elijah Gibson; Photo by Lynn Lane

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




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