Department of Dance

Dance at Sam Houston State University

The Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University delivers a dynamic, challenging education that integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits designed to prepare each student for a 21st century career in dance. We have exceptional facilities, including a dance theater, four spacious studios, a costume shop, Pilates studio, and dance technology lab.  Our robust performance calendar includes twelve fully produced concerts each academic year. The department’s highly dedicated dance faculty bring the expertise of their professional performing careers and choreographic portfolios to the classroom. Exciting guest artists and choreographic residencies enhance the students’ education.

The Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance provides intensive study in modern, partnering, ballet, and jazz techniques; abundant performance opportunities; innovative choreographic exploration, including the integration of media into the creative process; and a solid academic grounding in coursework.

The Master of Fine Arts program in Dance integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits. In addition to rigorous studio experience with substantive choreographic and performance opportunities, the program includes 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. Assistantships are available. A returning professional track is available for qualified candidates. 

Sam Houston State University's Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. 

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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


    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, February 10, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, March 31, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    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


  • Dance Spectrum


    The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance will close out the Spring 2023 semester with a collection of dance works by SHSU faculty Ashley Clos, Francisco Graciano, Colette Kerwick, Kyle Craig-Bogard with graduate student Natasha Wakim, Travis Lake, Dionne Sparkman Noble and three works by Andy Noble including a work in collaboration with designers Neal Petz and graduate student Joshua Martinez. Come join us for an exhilarating evening of choreography and performance!

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  • Spring Thesis Concert #1

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    Lauren Serrano presents We've Lost the One

    On January 25 & 26, 2023 @ 7:30 PM, MFA candidate Lauren Serrano will present a dance and live music event focused on kinesthetic rhythm at Barefoot Ballroom, 1219 14th St, Huntsville, TX. Admission is free but space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your spot at this one-of-a-kind event. 

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  • Two Concerts in One

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    Thesis Concert by Quiambao and Vickery

    On February 3 & 4, 2023 in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance theater, choreographers Krysta Quiambao and Sarah E Vickery will present dance works in a shared concert. Each work is a culmination of a year-long research process and the resulting choreographic creations explore the individual’s respective areas of investigation.

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  • Film and Live Dance

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    Thesis Concert by Martinez and Thurman

    MFA Candidates, Joshua “Jam” Martinez and Lilly Thurman, will be premiering their works Kinesthetic Gathering and The Voyage, respectively, on February 17th and 18th at 8:00 PM at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater. The works are in partial fulfillment of their Master ofFine Arts Degree in dance and each work is a culmination of a year-long research process where the resulting choreographic creations explore the individual’s respective areas of investigation.

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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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