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 2020-2021:

    BFA Auditions:
    Friday, October 23, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Friday, February 12, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    Friday, October 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, February 05, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Auditions will be conducted virtually until further notice. 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


  • Spectrum


    Dance for Camera Showings

    The Department of Dance’s Fall 2020 Spectrum: Dance for Camera Showings provides a window into the artmaking process of choreographers in a time of social distancing. Leaning into technology as opposed to live theater, six dance films presented by eight dance faculty (Rasika Borse and Colette Kerwick, Joshua Manculich and Evelyn Toh Paoli, Adele Nickel, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Andrew Noble, and Dionne Sparkman Noble) and featuring over 70 dancers, will stream one after another via Youtube Live. Join us for an evening of Dance Film!


    Spectrum: Dance for Camera Showings
    Department of Dance Faculty works for Fall 2020

    Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    November 19, 20, 21 @ 8pm
    Performance link can be purchased through or by calling 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 
  • Senior Studio


    'Virtual but Live'

    The BFA Senior class of 2020/2021 is delivering dance to a smart device near you on November 6th and 7th. Amidst unprecedented times, this class has created their own rules for how dance can be experienced through the first live online performance for the Sam Houston State University Department of Dance.


    Dance Concert presented by Senior Studio; Online Streaming via YouTube Live
    Department of Dance, Sam Houston State University
    Performance Link available for online purchase at
    November 6th-7th, 2020 @ 8 pm

    Learn More! 

Department News

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! 

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

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:



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