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


    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


  • 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

  • Graduate Student Dance Concert

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    Dance MFA students present new works

    Envisioned and brought to life by Sam Houston State University’s MOD (Masters of Dance) organization, WE_TOGETHER is a bill showcasing a variety of dance works by 16 choreographers. Attend both nights to see all 19 works.


    Masters of Dance
    September 24 & 25, 2021 @ 8 PM
    Program varies each evening.
    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

SHSU hosts Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

This year, TDIF will be presented as a one-day, action packed virtual event on Oct 9, 2021. 

Learn More! 

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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