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 two 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 - Nov 30, 2018, Feb 22, 2019, & April 12, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
    MFA Audition Dates - October 12, 2018 & Feb 8, 2019 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

  • Dance Spectrum


    Fall 2018 Dance Spectrum in Concert

    The SHSU Department of Dance will present the Fall 2018 Dance Spectrum in Concert Nov 29 – Dec 1 in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre at 8 PM nightly with a Dec 1 Matinee performance at 2 PM. This concert features a new work by NYC Guest Artist Sidra Bell and an excerpt from Dana Nicolay's Alice in Wonderland. Tickets on sale at


  • New Dance Tech Faculty


    Welcome David J Deveau and Donald C Shorter

    Mr. Shorter, formerly of Bill T Jones and recent grad of Tisch School of the Arts, joins our faculty cohort to teach Dance Technology, Dance History and Modern Technique. We welcome Mr. Deveau from a Visiting Professor role to Assistant Professor to also teach Dance Technology and Production courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Welcome to the team both of you!

  • Upcoming Event


    The Dance Gallery Festival Returns to Sam

    Join us on October 26 & 27, 2018 at 8 PM for 9th Annual Dance Gallery Festival. This year's concert will present 10 Guest Companies from around the country in a weekend of groundbreaking concert dance. Join us for master classes open to the public on Saturday afternoon as well. Tickets available through Click below to see the line-up and class schedule. Also Read Up on the latest Arts & Culture Magazine article featuring The Dance Gallery Festival and other Texas Dance Festivals here. Photo credit: Ed Flores; Autumn Eckman Dance 


Department Spotlight

Department Spotlight

SHSU Participated in National Water Dance 2018!

On April 14, 2018 at 5PM CST, SHSU Dance participated 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 this year and get more details here!


New to SHSU Dance?

Info for Incoming Dance Majors

If you are new to SHSU Dance please download this Info Blast created just for you so that you know what to expect. Still have questions? Contact the Dance Office anytime during the summer to get answers regarding registration, auditions, and more!

Info Blast for New Dance Majors

Faculty Spotlight

Congratulations to SHSU Faculty Joshua Manculich, a past Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship awardee, for his recent selection to be the next choreographer for WHiM W'HiM's Choreographic Shindig V (Seattle, WA).

Department of Dance
815 17th Street, Suite 150, Huntsville, TX 77340
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