The Division or Dance prepares students for a variety of careers Dance and related fields. Students explore multiple genres of dance, learning to contextualize theory and practice in educational, professional, and community settings. The curriculum emphasizes the role of dance as a catalyst for artistic expression and a means for developing a global perspective. Respecting the body instrument is paramount to the technical dance training at Texas State. Students learn injury prevention techniques and efficient body mechanics, while honing their skills in performing, teaching, and creating original dances.
Graduates work in public and private secondary schools, private studios, and professional dance companies. Graduates also learn how to work in community settings, using dance as a means to connect communities and promote inclusivity. Many of our alumni have continued their dance training in university graduate programs; as well as certification programs in related fields such as Yoga, Pilates, Dance Therapy, and the like.
We boast an award-winning faculty who are actively engaged in scholarly and creative research nationally and abroad. We additionally host internationally-renown guest artists who teach master classes, present lectures, and create new dances with our students. Students and faculty regularly collaborate across disciplines with other departments on campus, as well as within our local hill-country community.
In keeping with the University’s mission, values and goals, the Texas State Division of Dance provides a holistic approach to dance education through rigorous training in technique, performance, choreography, and pedagogy, while cultivating individual creative potential. The program fosters a physically and emotionally healthful environment that encourages intellectual and artistic growth to develop dance professionals who embody agency of the self, within their community and beyond.
The dance program at Texas State offers a unique approach to dance that is designed to emphasize biomechanical efficiency and to develop a unique aesthetic approach to dance. Modern dance training has been effective in developing outstanding performers but also fits smoothly into the educational setting, preparing students to enter classrooms and graduate programs.
Graduates from our program are prepared to teach modern dance, recreational dance, jazz, and ballet in schools and in private studios. They have the ability to create dance concerts, participate in professional companies, as well as advance to higher education and other dance related fields.
Awards and Recognition
The Division of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University has been named the #2 dance program in the nation and #1 in the state, and #1 for non-traditional students for 2021 by College Factual.