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


    Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

    The SHSU Department of Dance will host the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival from October 13 - 15, 2016. Featuring Guest Artist Amii LeGendre.
    Pictured Guest Artist Amii LeGendre and Sarah Gamblin; Photo by Lynn Lane

  • 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. Fall audition dates are: BFA December 2, 2016 and MFA October 28, 2016.
    Photo by Lynn Lane, Pas de Six by Jennifer Pontius (based on the restaging by Anton Dolin in 1945), Dancer: Hannah Woolridge

  • Upcoming Event

    The Dance Gallery Festival Texas


    Coming to Texas since 2011, The Dance Gallery Festival features exciting choreography from emerging and established dance artists from around the nation. 
    Performance on November 4 & 5, 2016 @ 8 PM
    In the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater
    Get your tickets at or 936-294-2339.
    Photo credit: Kelsey Oliver; The Theorists and Amy Diane Morrow


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Department Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Betty Nicolay works with Olympians!

Olympians spotted at SHSU! 2016 USA Olympic Trampoline Team worked Ms. Nicolay in PAC Body Conditioning Studio before departing to Rio! Visit SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Comm Facebook page to learn more!

Student Spotlight


On Thursday, August 25, 2016, SHSU students performed Professor Elijah Gibson's We Are Greenwood on the Inside/Out stage at the famed Jacob's Pillow! Congratulations Mr. Gibson and dancers on your accomplishment! Learn More 

Photo: The Cast Backstage at Jacob's Pillow

Guest Artist Spotlight

Dance Gallery Resident Artist

Manuel Vignoulle has been chosen as this year's SHSU Dance Gallery Resident Artist. The former Cedar Lake and Geneva Ballet dancer will set a new work on SHSU dancers in October to be presented in the Fall 2016 Dance Spectrum. Read more about Mr. Vignoulle here!

photo by Nicolas Pirata

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