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Quietus by Joshua Manculich; Photo by Lynn Lane

Admission to The Department of Dance

Admission - BFA in Dance

Undergraduate admission to the BFA in Dance is by audition only.  There is no fee for the audition. Additionally, to be accepted into the Department of Dance candidates also have to apply for admission to the university by completing an online application through the ApplyTexas application portal. The combined results of the audition and application will determine final admission to the BFA in Dance program. Students receive notice of their acceptance/rejection within two-three weeks following the audition they attend. Candidates are highly recommended to start their application to Sam Houston State University before auditioning. Applicants who are accepted to the University prior to November 1st can apply for campus-wide scholarships through Scholarship4Kats. You do not have to be accepted into the dance department prior to applying for Scholarship4Kats. Please see more information regarding scholarships below. Prospective students may audition for admission to the BFA program a maximum of 3 times.


Auditions - BFA in Dance

The 2020-2021 Academic Year audition dates for the BFA program are:

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please audition via video for remainder of Spring 2020 semester - Please see below for instructions

Register for BFA audition

We encourage all applicants interested in auditioning for the program to register online at least one week prior to the audition date. However, walk-ins are welcome. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to allow time for parking and check in. 

Auditions are held on campus at SHSU in the new James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

Please allow three to four hours for the audition. BFA candidates do not need to prepare a solo. During the audition, the dance faculty teach ballet, jazz and modern movement phrases in a classroom setting and then the dancers perform the phrases for an adjudication panel in groups of 4-6. During the audition, the students also receive an improvisation opportunity. Dancers are asked to wear a solid colored leotard, tights and ballet slippers. The modern dance phrase is danced barefoot.

Students leaving the department for one semester or longer must petition for readmission and may be required to re-audition.

Auditions for the BFA program are often scheduled in coordination with a dance performance. In this case, students auditioning for the program will be offered a complimentary ticket to attend the dance performance that evening. Additional tickets can be purchased at the PAC Box Office:

Auditioning via Video

Sam Houston’s Dance Department BFA audition scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Naturally, we are disappointed as we were very much looking forward to welcoming you into our home and seeing you dance. 

However, we do have a few spots available for the BFA program starting Fall of 2020 and we would like to encourage you to submit a video audition as a substitute for a live audition.

We understand that video capabilities and rehearsal spaces may be limited at this time. Options include:

      • selection of barre and center exercises from a classical ballet class
      • center exercise/combination from an alternate dance form (jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop)
      • solo choreographed by the student or other choreographer (performed in the studio, live performance, or living room)

If you choose to audition via video, please send a link of your audition video, well labeled with the dancer's name, physical address, and email address, to Associate Chair, Andy Noble at AMN008@SHSU.EDU. Audition videos are to be submitted by May 1, 2020.

Also, please fill out this companion Audition Form so that we may capture the pertinent information to accompany your video audition.

(Vimeo or Youtube are most popular video sharing websites used. You may password protect this link and send a password along with the link to Mr. Noble to avoid public access to your video materials if you wish.)

We will review your materials and inform you of your audition status within a week. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Noble at

Scholarships - BFA in Dance

Once you have been accepted to the University you will have access to submit a scholarship application through Scholarships4Kats, SHSU's streamlined application program. Department of Dance awards scholarships during the December and February audition. Audition at one of these auditions to be considered for departmental scholarships. All students awarded a departmental scholarship will need to submit a general Scholarships4Kats application. You do not need to have your Scholarships4Kats application submitted by your audition date, though it is recommended. However, to be considered for University wide scholarships, students should complete their Scholarships4Kats application by the priority deadline, November 1 2019.


Ideal Timeline for New Applicants (2020-21 academic year)

Apply for University thru ApplyTexas

Prior to November 1st, 2019

Once accepted, Apply for Scholarship4Kats

By November 1st, 2019

Register for Dance Audition

At least two weeks prior to desired audition 

Notification of Dance Department Acceptance

Within two-three weeks following audition

Notification of Dance Scholarship

Two-three weeks following the February audition

If you have questions, contact the Department of Dance at:

Phone 936-294-3342 or 936-294-1875 and Email

Audition - MFA in Dance

The 2020-2021 Academic Year audition dates for the MFA program are:

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Register for MFA audition

Location: SHSU Campus, Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Huntsville, Texas. 

We encourage all applicants interested in auditioning for the program to register online at least one week prior to the audition date. Applicants may audition even if all application materials have not been submitted, but it is encouraged that the applicant bring to the audition or submit as many of the application materials as possible prior to auditioning.

On the day of the MFA audition, applicants will take an 1 1/2 hour Modern class and 1 1/2 hour Ballet class along side current dance majors. They will also complete a writing sample, interview with the dance faculty and  show a 3-5 minute chorographic solo. Dancers should wear attire that shows the line of the body with no baggy outer wear. 

If an audition is scheduled in coordination with a dance performance, a complimentary ticket will be provided for the auditionee. Additional tickets can be purchased at the PAC Box Office:

Admission - MFA in Dance

The application process for the MFA program is two-fold. Candidates must audition for acceptance into the Department of Dance MFA program by attending an on-site audition or long distance audition process and apply for acceptance to the University through the Office of Graduate Admission. 

To apply to the MFA in Dance degree program, submit the following application materials:

  1. Graduate Studies Online Application with the Application Fee (Once this is received you may upload your supplemental materials online at the SHSU Self Service Center.)
  2. Transcripts of all Previous College Work
  3. Confirmation of Degree Conferral

Once your Graduate Studies Online Application is received, you may upload the following supplemental materials online at the SHSU Self Service Center.)

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Letter of Inquiry
  4. Video Portfolio of Performance and Choreography (Do not upload this to the Self Service portal. Please instead send links to Dionne Noble at

In addition, applicants must also attend an onsite audition that will include:

  1. Submission of a Writing Sample 
  2. Interview with Dance Faculty
  3. Technique Audition in Ballet and Modern Dance
  4. Presentation of a solo performance of a choreographic work composed by the applicant

Where to send Transcripts:

Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs requires official transcripts. Examples of official transcripts and how to send to Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs are listed:

  • You may arrange for your school(s) to send sealed official transcripts to Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs. Allow for a minimum of two weeks for delivery.
  • You may obtain a sealed official transcript from your school and mail it (still sealed) to Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.
  • You may request that your school(s) send electronically submitted official transcripts to SHSU Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.

Photocopies or faxed transcripts are NOT considered official.

You may mail your official transcript(s) to:
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
Sam Houston State University
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341-2478

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries, please use our physical address:
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
1903 University Avenue
Estill Bldg. Suite 112
Huntsville, TX 77340

Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs accepts official electronic transcripts submitted directly from your university or from a valid third party provider.

For More Information and additional questions please visit this link:

Admission is based upon an aggregated evaluation of all application/audition components. 

Please view our website for additional dance performances.

If you have questions, contact the Department of Dance at:

Phone 936-294-3342 or 936-294-1875 and Email

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Allegretto for Allegra: Designing Fibonacci by Jennifer Pontius; Photo by Lynn Lane

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