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 and professionals. By linking stellar faculty with the next generation of dancers, the program aims to develop the artist and stress the importance of individual growth.

About SDI

The Summer Dance Intensive will be offered via two different tracks: 1) a week-long creative residency customized for dancers who are already pursuing serious study in dance, and 2) a week-long intensive for students who are interested in what studying dance might look like within a collegiate setting.

Professional Track (in person only):

June 7th-11th| A week-long creative residency with Guest Artist, Madi Hicks, including: 

  • Daily Technique Classes with Houston-based artists and SHSU Faculty
  • Professional Development and Networking
  • Participation in a week-long (15 hour) creative process with Madi Hicks
  • Workshop: The Audition Experience
  • Participation in an Informal Showing of developed work 

Audition by video – see Admissions Page

Audition through zoom - see Admissions Page

Pre-professional track (in person AND zoom option):

June 14th-18th| A week-long program that offers pre-professional dancers an opportunity to experience the daily routine of a Sam Houston State University dance major, including:

  • Daily Technique Classes with Houston-based artists and SHSU Faculty
  • Repertory with SHSU Faculty
  • Lunch and Learn Series
  • What to Expect in the Collegiate Setting
  • Participation in an Informal Showing 

Audition by video – see Admissions Page

Audition through zoom – see Admissions Page 

All classes are held in SHSU’s acclaimed 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.

Audition today to be part of this wonderful dance experience.

Please sign up here by way of a google form.


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