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Division of Dance

Our Division


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The Division of Dance is proud to be named the #2 dance program in the nation and #1 in the state, and #1 for non-traditional students for 2021 by College Factual.


Audition dates are for ALL incoming BFA Performance and Choreography majors AND BFA Teacher Certification majors to be announced. 

No audition necessary for the BA 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.

Dance Division Alumni

See what our dance alumni are doing today!

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Support and attend events and projects from our alumni!

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Why Texas State?
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Explore Our History
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