Stephen F. Austin State University


Dance at SFA


Welcome to the SFASU Dance Program. We are here to assist you in achieving your academic and professional goals in modern dance, jazz dance, ballet, choreography/dance composition, performance, and dance history. You will find class sizes ideal for receiving individual attention from teachers while getting to know your fellow dancers. You will have opportunities to perform, choreograph, create, and participate in technical aspects of production while pursing a Dance Major or Minor. We offer two concentrations: Performance/Choreography and Teacher Certification. Whether you are a transfer student or a first-time freshman, we hope you will take every opportunity to develop your skills and passion for dance, in order to launch your chosen career as a dancer.

Haley Jameson and Heather Samuelson
Dance Program Directors

About the Dance Program

History of the Dance Major

Courses in dance originally supported the curriculum for both men and women majoring in Physical Education; however, over time dance became its own specialized field of study. In the 1980's, a Teaching Field in Dance was established for students pursuing teacher certification in the State of Texas; and in 1994, the Bachelor of Science in Dance was approved.

Mission Statement of the Dance Program

The primary mission of the B.S. degree program in Dance is the professional preparation of teachers who possess a breadth of understanding in the discipline and will continue to uphold standards of excellence as they, in turn, make contributions to dance in education and as an art form. Students are encouraged to reach their highest technical and creative potential to the extent that, should they desire to pursue graduate studies in Dance or a performing career, they will be sufficiently prepared to realize their goals.

Dance Degrees

The Dance Program is a division of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, College of Education. The philosophy of the Program is to instill within each student sound principles of movement, scholarship, and professional attitudes with teacher-preparation courses comprising an important component of the curriculum.

The following options are available:

Dance Major: 8-12 Secondary Certificate Degree Plan

Dance Major: Non-Teaching Degree Plan

Dance Classes

DAN 102 Ballet I
DAN 103 Jazz Dance I
DAN 104 Modern Dance I
DAN 105 Tap Dance I
DAN 106 Ballroom Dance
DAN 200 Special Studies in Dance
DAN 202 Ballet II
DAN 203 Jazz Dance II
DAN 204 Modern Dance II
DAN 228 Topics in World Dance
DAN 254 World Dance
DAN 300 Improvisation and Composition of Dance
DAN 301 Rhythmic Analysis of Dance Movement
DAN 302 Ballet III
DAN 303 Jazz Dance III
DAN 304 Modern Dance III
DAN 341 History and Philosophy of Dance
DAN 356 Dance Production
DAN 360 Dance Performance
DAN 400 Theory and Practice of Dance
DAN 480 Choreographic Project

The Teaching Field is equivalent to the Major with regard to studies in dance. In addition to the above-mentioned course work, Teaching Field students take classes in professional education.

The Dance Minor entails 19 hours of study. Dance classes required are DAN 102, 103, 104, 202, 204, 300, 301, 341, 360.


Denard Haden Award

The Denard Haden Award is granted annually to a junior or senior dance major who has successfully contributed to the Dance Program in the areas of choreography, performance, scholarship, and/or service.

Katie Garrett Norton Dance Award

The Katie Garrett Norton Dance Award is granted annually to the junior who has achieved the highest grade point average among dance majors and teaching field students.

Excellence in Dance Award

The Excellence in Dance Award is granted annually to a Dance Major who has contributed to the program in the areas of performance, choreography, service and/or academics.

Travel Awards

Travel awards through the Office of Student Affairs have supported student participation in events such as the American College Dance Festival.

Dance Faculty

Jameson, Haley
Jameson, Haley - Associate Faculty Research/Areas of Interest: Creating balance in one's life through movement, gender equality in the work place and civic engagements through the arts. Office: HPE Room 210 Phone: 936.468.1755
Samuelson, Heather
Samuelson, Heather - Assistant Faculty Research/Areas of Interest: Specializes in Modern Dance techniques, in the Limon Style and Choreography. Office: HPE Room 211 Phone: 936.468.1614