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!

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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 2023-2024:

    BFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, February 10, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, March 31, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 11, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, March 24, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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

    Photo by Lynn Lane, Choreographer Evelyn Toh

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  • Professors in New Roles

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    SHSU Dance is excited to announce the new line up of faculty for the department. After graduating with his MFA in Dance from SHSU in 2022 and serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Travis Lake takes on a lecturer position in Dance. Both Adele Nickel and Francisco Graciano will shift from Visiting Professors of Dance to Assistant Professors of Dance. 

    Learn more about our Dance Faculty here!

  • Fall Guest Choreographer

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    SHSU Dance welcomes Take Ueyama

    Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro “Take” Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for 8 years. Take will set Salaryman (2011) on SHSU Dance students for premiere in Fall 2022 Dance Spectrum in Concert. 

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  • Faculty & Guest Artist Concert

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    Dance Spectrum in Concert

    The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance will close out the Fall 2022 semester with an evening of dance works by SHSU Dance faculty and guest artist, Takehiro Ueyama who is originally from Tokyo, Japan. Included in this evening’s collection are a mixture of solos and group works by Francisco Graciano, Colette Kerwick, Travis Lake, Adele Nickel, and Andy Noble. Come join us for an exhilarating evening of choreography and performance!

    Reserve Your Ticket Here!

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  • Fall Thesis Concert

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    Two Choreographers, One Concert

    MFA Candidates, Madelyn Klumb and Tyler Orcutt, will be premiering their works The Synergistic Effect and Wendy on November 11th and 12th at 8:00 PM at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater. Admission is Free and are presented in partial fulfillment of their Master of Fine Arts Degree in dance. 

    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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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: shsudance@shsu.edu




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