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Division of Dance

Dr. Joan Hays Memorial 

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of the Dance Division's founder, Dr. Joan Hays. During her 39 years at Texas State, Dr. Hays developed the Dance Program, achieved Texas Education Agency certification, and prepared 18 courses, many of which are still taught today. She was the chair or member of 69 committees, including serving as Chair of the Faculty Senate from 1999-2001.  In 1998 Dr. Hays obtained approval for a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Dance Major.  Mentoring more than 2,000 undergraduate students she earned the affection and respect of students, and colleagues, many of whom she mentored in pedagogy and research.

BFA Auditions Updates

On March 12, 2020, Texas State University, made the decision to limit social interactions on campus.  Classes will now be held on-line through the remainder of the Spring semester.

With this being said, the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance – Dance Division has decided there will not be a physical audition for upcoming auditions, originally scheduled for April 4, 2020.  Instead, auditions will be submitted via recordings. is all set up with methods to attach media files and links to your application due April 17, 2020 (see the link to the BFA Audition application below).


Auditions for ALL incoming BFA Performance and Choreography majors AND BFA Teacher Certification majors. 

Three options from which to choose:

Applications due April 17

Click here to view schedule and details.

No audition necessary for the BA Dance.

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