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.

Enjoy our Dance @ Sam Promo Video here!

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


    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
    Friday, November 19, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    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


  • New Visiting Professor


    SHSU Dance welcomes Evelyn Toh

    Evelyn Toh joins the SHSU Dance teaching staff this year as a Visiting Professor of Dance. As a dance artist, Evelyn has toured extensively and performed internationally with companies such as Nimbus Dance Works, MOMIX, and T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore). 

    Learn more about Evelyn Toh Paoli

  • Senior Studio

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    BFA Senior Dance students present Variance

    Sam Houston State University is proud to present Variance, an inspiring exhibition of 12 choreographic dance works presented by members of the senior dance class.Variance features the debut of a new generation of choreographic talent, unfolding an eclectic array of imaginative artistic vision: uncovering elements of creature-like expression, sentimental gesture, romantic dramatization, and more. 


    Senior Studio
    November 4-6 2021 @ 8 PM
    Purchase tickets at or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 
  • Dance Spectrum in Concert


    Faculty and Guest Artist work back on stage

    SHSU's Department of Dance will present an evening of dance works by faculty, guest artists and invited graduate students the weekend before Thanksgiving in the GPAC Dance Theater. Highlights from this concert include dance faculty works by Joshua Manculich, Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble, visiting professor Evelyn Toh and a collaborative work from visiting professor Adele Nickel and guest artist Alethea Alexander. To round out the evening, a series of solos performed and choreographed by three graduate students Jacob Regan, Lilly Thurman and Zihao (Jeremy) Yuan are invited onto the program. Come join us for an exhilarating evening of contemporary dance!


    Dance Spectrum in Concert
    November 18-20, 2021 @ 8 PM
    Purchase tickets at or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 

Department News

Summer Dance at SHSU

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

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

Diversity Through Dance

Dance faculty member Rasika Borse and her company "Bollywood Signature" receive funding from the Canada Council of the Arts for innovative, digital education that promotes cultural Indian dance forms. Read more here!

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



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