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Department of Dance

Texas Dance
Improvisation Festival

Festival schedule and classes are now up! Check the Festival Schedule and the Instructor links below. 

Online registration closes Tuesday, September 30th at 4pm.

Registration is still open! Don’t miss out on this year’s festival of classes, jams, and performances! And the opportunity to study with world renowned dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist, Lisa Nelson.

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance will be hosting the 6th Annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival on October 2nd – 4th, 2014. We are thrilled to have Lisa Nelson as this year’s guest artist. The Festival Coordinator is Assistant Professor Erin Reck.

TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as dance and music artists to share, inspire and challenge our improvising arts community.

The festival opens with a Thursday night jam from 6:30-10pm, followed by two days of classes, performances, and jams with well-known teachers from Texas and beyond. Saturday night will feature performances by Lisa Nelson and the festival faculty, followed by a reception and a closing jam. 


WHERE: Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance, The Gaertner Performing Arts Complex, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

WHEN: October 2-4, 2014, Thursday: 4pm-6:30pm registration, 6:30pm-11pm welcome dance jam, Friday: 8:30am-10am registration, 9am-5pm classes, 7pm-11pm dance jam, Saturday: 8:30am-10am registration, 9am-5pm classes, 7pm-8:30pm performance, 9pm-11pm closing jam

HOW: To continue to make TDIF affordable for everyone who would like to attend, we are offering a low cost registration fee of ten-dollars and an option to give more. The money that you give goes directly to supporting TDIF and the artists.

Registering by September 8th is highly recommended and greatly appreciated. Space is limited… so don’t miss out!! Registrations after the deadline are welcomed depending on availability. If you find that you cannot attend, please do cancel your non-refundable reservation by emailing ecr012@shsu.edu

Call for teachers, performers, and musicians: We encourage you to apply to teach a class, present a piece, or play music for classes and jams. Click here for more details and the application form.


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