Summer Dance Intensive

Mission Statement

The Summer Dance Intensive at Sam Houston State University is dedicated to furthering the artistic and technical range of emerging dancers. By linking stellar faculty with the next generation of dancers, the program aims to develop the artist and stress the importance of individual growth.All classes are held in SHSU Gaertner Performing Arts Center, located at 815 17th St. Huntsville, TX 77340. The 91,000 square foot building houses state-of-the-art facilities for the Department of Dance, including a specialized dance theater, four spacious dance studios with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Pilates and conditioning studio, an outdoor performance space, a costume shop, and a Mac Lab for innovative dance technology classes.

SDI 2024

SHSU's 2024 Summer Dance Intensive taught and directed by Francisco Graciano and Constance Dinapoli 
from the Paul Taylor Dance Company

June 17-22, 2024

The Intensive classes run 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, and Saturday 9:30 AM- 1:00 PMat Sam Houston State University Department of Dance and conclude with a final intensive showing on Saturday, June 22nd at 12:00 PM.

This dance intensive experience is for ages 13 and up. The day begins with ballet, yoga, or GYROKINESIS followed by a modern class in the Taylor style. After the students have lunch and an opportunity to chat with faculty, they explore contact improvisation or somatic study to re-warm up. The rest of the afternoon they are learning Taylor's repertory from distinguished Taylor alumni, and an element of the creative process connected to Taylor. The day ends with a cool down/stretch.

For questions contact SHSU Dance Faculty Francisco Graciano at fgraciano@SHSU.EDU.

To Apply for the SHSU Summer Dance Intensive:

1. Fill out the application form:

Application Form

2. Have teacher fill out a Teacher Evaluation Form

Teacher Evaluation Form

3. Pay Tuition (after filling out both forms)

Pay Tuition
Tuition: $650
Room and Board
(for those who wish to stay on campus at SHSU)

Single room and board: $357 
Double room and board: $297 

*Note: If staying in dorms, arrival will be Sunday evening June 16 (Time TBA).
Check out will follow the Intensive showing on June 22. 
Click here for FAQs regarding intensive activities, what to bring, etc.

Department of Dance
815 17th Street, Suite 150, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 294-3342 or (936) 294-1875 | E-mail: