Department of Dance

Dance at Sam Houston State University

The Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University delivers a dynamic, challenging education that integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits designed to prepare each student for a 21st century career in dance. We have exceptional facilities, including a dance theater, four spacious studios, a costume shop, Pilates studio, and dance technology lab.  Our robust performance calendar includes twelve fully produced concerts each academic year. The department’s highly dedicated dance faculty bring the expertise of their professional performing careers and choreographic portfolios to the classroom. Exciting guest artists and choreographic residencies enhance the students’ education.

The Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance provides intensive study in modern, partnering, ballet, and jazz techniques; abundant performance opportunities; innovative choreographic exploration, including the integration of media into the creative process; and a solid academic grounding in coursework.

The Master of Fine Arts program in Dance integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits. In addition to rigorous studio experience with substantive choreographic and performance opportunities, the program includes 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. Assistantships are available. A returning professional track is available for qualified candidates. 

Sam Houston State University's Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. 

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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!

  • SHSU Dance News


    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 2024-2025:

    BFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 8, 2024 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    Friday, February 28, 2025 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday, April 11, 2025 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    MFA Auditions:
    Friday, November 14, 2024 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


  • Guest Artist: Netta Yerushalmy


    Netta Yerushalmy is an Israeli-born dance artist based in New York City. For SHSU Dance she created an original work, tears, etched like so: that will premiere in Spring 2025 Dance Spectrum.


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  • Senior Studio


    Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance is thrilled to present, Adorn, a collection of dynamic and vibrant choreography created by eighteen enthusiastic dance artists in the 2024 senior class. Collaboratively, they have crafted a concert satiated with dynamic shifts, storytelling, and intricate concepts. Each evening promises a distinctive lineup, providing the community with multiple opportunities to immerse themselves in various artistic creations. Join us at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center April 11-13, 2024, at 8 p.m. as dancers take the stage for a riveting night of collaboration!

  • Dance Spectrum in Concert


    The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance’s Spring 2024 semester will culminate with Dance Spectrum in Concert – the bi-annual faculty and guest artist concert that highlights the multi-talented SHSU Dance artists. This evening features a premiere by New York based guest artist Netta Yerushalmy. The concert also includes a collection of dance works by SHSU faculty Francisco Graciano, Travis Lake, Adele Nickel, Andy Noble, Dionne Sparkman Noble and Tyler Orcutt. Come join us for an exhilarating evening of choreography and dance performance!

    Dance Spectrum in Concert
    Department of Dance, Sam Houston State University
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    May 1-3, 2024 @ 8 PM

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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

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Science Worth Dancing About

"What if I told you that dancing enhances the brain?" Professor Andy Noble advocates for the power of dance in the 2nd Annual TEDxSHSU event hosted by SHSU. Co-written by Andy and Dionne Noble, this talk highlights new research conducted by an arts-science team that is looking at the ways dance impacts brain health. Read more here!

Department of Dance
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