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.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

BFA Audition for April 3, 2020 is cancelled

Due to COVID-19, all remaining Department of Dance auditions have been cancelled for the Spring semester. However, interested students may still audition via video for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. Please follow this link to learn more about submitting an audition video for the BFA in Dance program: BFA AUDITIONS



SHSU SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE 2020 is cancelled

Greetings Parents and Students interested in the Summer Dance Intensive at Sam,

My name is Joshua Manculich, Director of the Summer Dance Intensive at SHSU, and I am reaching out to you with updates on where we stand during this chaotic time. Due to the national pandemic, we will be canceling SDI 2020. This comes in support of the university’s decision to cancel all overnight camps.

We were very excited to host a variety of individuals, including: out of state students, artists admitted into the BFA program at Sam, and a group of dancers excited to seriously study dance. We realize this news is not ideal and may take some reorganization in your lives, but the most important thing is the safety of our students, staff and families. My hope is to be able to see all your smiling faces under the lights on stage in June 2021!

Please reach out to me at jxm185@shsu.edu with any questions. 

  • 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. For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, please audition via video. Follow this link to learn more. 

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

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  • Senior Studio

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    Senior BFA in Dance students present Chapters

    This show is cancelled but please read about the wonderful work the Seniors created here.
    Nine choreographers created Senior Studio, a choreographic capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Chapters is a result of the dancers', choreographers', and producers' hard work and dedication in the creation of this dynamic evening of dance.

    Learn more about Chapters 

Department News

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Graduate Spotlight

MFA Student Evelyn Toh Paoli Receives Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2019-2020

The Graduate School recognizes Dance MFA student Evelyn Toh Paoli as this year's Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Read Ms. Paoli's Teaching Philosophy here. Learn More! 

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DANCE WRITER IN RESIDENCE

SHSU Dance welcomes Elizabeth Zimmer to campus

Dance critic, writer, editor, and former Village Voice Contributor, Elizabeth Zimmer, visited the Crit & Analysis class to host an online writing for the arts workshop. For Zimmer's bio, click Learn More! 

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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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Faculty Spotlight

Andy and Dionne Noble collaborate with A.I. Architect Jeremy Stewart on research combining Dance and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Learn More! 




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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