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. With exceptional facilities and a highly dedicated dance faculty that bring the expertise of their professional performing careers and choreographic portfolios to the classroom and studio, SHSU Dance is committed  to guiding the next generation of dance artists towards excellence.

The Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance program provides intensive study in modern, ballet, and jazz techniques; multiple performance opportunities; exciting guest artists and choreographers; opportunities for choreographic exploration including the integration of media into the creative process; as well as a solid academic grounding in coursework ranging from Dance History to Criticism and Analysis to Dance & Technology.

The Master of Fine Arts program in the Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University is a dynamic, challenging education that integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits. In addition to an intensive studio experience with substantive choreographic and performance opportunities, the MFA program offers exposure to pedagogical, theoretical, and research orientations to dance as an art form. Courses in composition, dance theory, dance technology, and pedagogy broaden the scope of study.

Register for an audition today! 

The Department of Dance also offers a Minor in Dance. Ask about how you can add a dance minor to your degree plan today!

  • SHSU Dance News

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    Department of Dance Auditions

    Students who wish to be accepted into the Department of Dance must be admitted to the University as well as to the Department through an audition. Audition Dates for 2021-2022:

    BFA Auditions:
    Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (via zoom)
    Friday, February 18, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, April 8, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    Friday, October 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, February 11, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Auditions will be conducted in person unless indicated otherwise. Follow this link to learn more and register for an audition. 

    Photo by Lynn Lane, Pas de Six by Jennifer Pontius (based on the restaging by Anton Dolin in 1945), Dancer: Hannah Woolridge

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  • Returning to the Stage

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    Dance Spectrum in Concert

    Dance majors return to the stage in the Department of Dance’s Spring 2021 Dance Spectrum in Concert. Delivered as a virtual performance, nine choreographers will present eight dance works, two as dance for cameras and the remaining as live streams, complete with multiple camera angles and all the fixings of a theatrical stage performance.

    Details:

    Dance Spectrum in Concert
    Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    April 29, April 30 & May 1, 2021 @ 8 PM
    Performance link can be purchased through
    www.shsutickets.com or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 
  • Graduate Student Dance Concert

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    MFA in Dance students present new dances

    Masters of Dance showcases a collection of diverse dance works choreographed and produced by the graduate student organization of the same name. Included in this concert will be 12 new dance works by eleven Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidates – Keeley Dunnam, Amy Fitzsimmons, Shohei Iwahama, Madelyn Klumb, Travis Lake, Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson, Jam Martinez, Tyler Orcutt, Lauren Serrano, Lilly Thurman, and Sarah Vickery. Each night will feature all twelve works.

    Details:

    Masters of Dance
    Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    March 31 - April 1, 2021 @ 8 PM
    Performance link can be purchased through
    www.shsutickets.com or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 
  • One

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    A Thesis Film by Dustin Salinas

    One is a short film by Dustin Salinas in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. Salina examines shared experiences of loneliness, intimacy, and isolation and explores the significance of movement in a larger narrative context utilizing gesture, cinematography and choreography.

    Details:

    One; a Film by Dustin Salinas; Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    Department of Dance, Sam Houston State University
    Performance Link available for online purchase at www.shsutickets.com
    April 8 & 9, 2021 @ 8 pm

    Learn More! 
  • Senior Studio presents

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    Sculpted by the BFA Class of 2021

    Sam Houston State University is proud to present Sculpted, a series of choreographic works presented by 13 members of the 2021 senior class. These choreographers are thrilled to showcase their spectacular dance works via YouTube Live April 15-17, 2021. Tune in to this collection of dance from the comfort of your own home! Throughout Sculpted, you will get to see each choreographer mold their movement in unique and intricate ways. From bowling to sleep paralysis to pharmaceutical trials, Sculpted features various innovative concepts and artistic voices for the audience to enjoy.

    Details:

    Sculpted - Spring 2021 Senior Studio
    Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    April 16 & 17, 2021 @ 8 PM
    Performance link can be purchased through
    www.shsutickets.com or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 

Department News

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Summer Dance at SHSU

Check out our Summer Dance study options for pre-professional and professional level students. Click here for more info!

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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

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Faculty Spotlight

Andy and Dionne Noble collaborate with A.I. Architect Jeremy Stewart on research combining Dance and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Learn More! 




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




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