School of Theatre & Dance

UH School of Theatre & Dance
133 CWM Center
Houston TX 77204-4016
Phone: 713-743-3003
Fax: 713-743-2648

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Dance Division

The School of Theatre and Dance provides the only degree program for dance in the fourth largest city in the country. Dance at the University of Houston strives to create confidence in the student through both the disciplined practice of dance and the transferable skills of creative interaction with others.

Our mission is to assist individuals in defining their own originality through dance, to develop curious minds, and to prepare students with the life skills of critical thinking and inventive problem solving. We are committed to providing a center for dance in metropolitan Houston through workshops, collaboration, performances, and through projects by the Center for Choreography.

Dance at the University of Houston emphasizes the following:

  • An Athletic Component:To develop disciplined bodies and minds by integrating physical strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination, with retention and speed of comprehension. To develop the wide range of dynamic qualities which shape the performance skills of the dancer.
  • An Intellectual Component:To encourage creative and thoughtful individuals, fostering students as innovative choreographers and teachers with the ability to clearly articulate ideas. To analyze movement within the contexts of tradition, history, art, music, and dance theory.
  • A Human Interaction Component:To balance individual thinking with collective collaboration, and develop individuals who are able to effectively work with others to realize their potential in dance and in life.


Major, Minor, and Certification programs: Admissions into the Dance Division are by audition only:

  • Spring Audition is the last Saturday in March – For students interested in attending the University of Houston Fall semester
  • Fall Audition is the last Saturday in October – For students interested in attending the University of Houston in Spring semester

Location: Dance Auditions are held in Melcher Gym dance studio (room 230) located on Holman between Scott & Cullen. Time: 9:30 am Registration (no advance registration necessary) Audition begins: 10:00 am

The audition is structured as a class, starting with ballet barre and then going into center work & across the floor in modern/jazz styles. Students do NOT need to prepare choreography. Please wear appropriate dance attire.

A short student information session about the dance division is held at the end of the audition to review the curriculum, program in general, and to answer questions.

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