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.

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The Department of Dance also offers a Minor in Dance. Ask about how you can add a dance minor to your degree plan today!

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    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 2023-2024:

    BFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, February 10, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, March 31, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 11, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, March 24, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Auditions will be conducted in person. Follow this link to learn more and register for an audition. 

    Photo by Lynn Lane, Choreographer Evelyn Toh


  • New Visiting Professor

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    SHSU Dance welcomes Francisco Graciano

    Francisco Graciano joins the SHSU Dance teaching staff this year as a Visiting Professor of Dance. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Francisco performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for over a decade. In 2009 he was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” hailed as a dancer with a “freshness that’s all his own.”  (Photo by BWadman)

    Learn more about Francisco Graciano



    SHSU Dance presents Faculty and Guest Artists Works

    The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance will close out the Spring 2022 semester with an evening of dance works by SHSU Dance faculty and guest artists. Included in this evening’s collection are dance faculty works by Jennifer Pontius, Evelyn Toh, and Adele Nickel with guest artist Brian Lawson (Mark Morris). Also on the program are two works by Francisco Graciano and two works by Andy and Dionne Noble, one in collaboration with AI architect Jeremy Stewart (Boston). The concert will also feature a work by guest New York and Dallas based choreographer Gregory Dolbashian (The DASH Ensemble). Come join us for an exhilarating evening of choreography and performance!


    Dance Spectrum in Concert
    April 28-30, 2022 @ 8 PM
    Purchase online at or call 936-294-2339

    Learn More! 
  • Seniors present

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    Emergence by Senior Studio

    The Department of Dance is thrilled to present Emergence, an accumulation of choreographic works created by fifteen dance artists of the 2022 graduating Dance BFA class. From cultural dance works, to picturesque storytelling, to going against societal normality, Emergence highlights aspects of the human experience, presenting innovative concepts through choreography. Program varies nightly.


    Presented by Senior Studio
    April 7-9, 2022 @ 8 PM
    James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Dance Theater
    815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX
    Purchase Tickets Here

    Learn More!

Department News

Summer Dance at SHSU

Check out our Summer Dance study options for pre-professional and professional level students. Click here for more info!

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

Diversity Through Dance

Dance faculty member Rasika Borse and her company "Bollywood Signature" receive funding from the Canada Council of the Arts for innovative, digital education that promotes cultural Indian dance forms. Read more here!

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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