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. Audition dates for 2020-2021 will be announced by August 1, 2019.

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

  • Summer Dance Intensive


    Audition for SHSU's Summer Dance Intensive 2019

    SHSUs SDI is a two-week dance intensive designed for talented dancers ages 13-19 who wish to study ballet, jazz, contemporary/modern, hip-hop, and other fun classes from a stellar line up of dance teachers. Sign up today!

  • Dance Spectrum in Concert 


    Spring 2019 Dance Spectrum in Concert
    Something for Everyone

    Concert Week Details:
    May 1-3, 2019 @ 12:00 PM, Outdoor Site-Specific Experience
    In front of the Garrett Teacher Education Center, SHSU Campus, Free
    May 2-4, 2019 @ 8 PM, Dance Concert Experience
    James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater
     Learn More 
  • Shen Wei - Restaging of RE-III


    SHSU students to perform Shen Wei's Triptych Re-III
    For the Spring 2019 Dance Spectrum, students will perform Triptych Re-III by the internationally renowned choreographer Shen Wei. Born in China’s Hunan province and a 2007 MacArthur “Genius” Award, Wei is hailed as “one of the most expansive, creative minds in the arts.”
    Artist Statement about the work: "In making Re-(III), I drew upon the images of rural communities along the Silk Road and my impressions of a radically transformed Beijing, which I encountered while choreographing the 2008 Olympics. Unlike the other dances in the Triptych, I wanted an original score for this dance. Something new, unheard before.” 
    Shen Wei former dancer Brandon Whited will set the work on the students in late March and it will be performed each night of Dance Spectrum. Learn more about Shen Wei Dance Arts

Department News

Student Spotlight

Undergrad Adam Rech returns from Study Abroad in Isreal

Welcome home to Adam Rech after his five month study abroad adventure with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Program. Learn more here about how SHSU's study abroad program supported Adam in his studies. Today@Sam article

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

2019 Editorial Winner Badge 500
Faculty Spotlight

Andy and Dionne Noble's dance company NobleMotion Dance was just name Houston's Best Dance Company of 2019! Read the Houston Press spotlight on the company and its ten years of accomplishments here!

Department of Dance
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