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.


June 6th - 10th | A week-long creative residency with Guest Artists:

Brandon Coleman @itsbrandoncoleman
Hannah Brictson @hannaelisabeth

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

*Commuting Options and On Campus Housing/Meals Available this year


June 13th - 17th | 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 

*Commuting Options and On Campus Housing/Meals Available this year


  • By way of video. Email Director: Joshua Manculich,
    Last day to submit: Friday May 6th, 2021
  • Audition over in person and over zoom. Saturday April 9th – 10am - 1pm. The audition will be composed of a ballet combination, a modern combination, and improvisation. The audition will serve as an opportunity to consider the artist for acceptance and any potential scholarships. The faculty will make recommendations as to which intensive is most suitable for the artist.   

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.

Sign up form coming soon!


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