Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, Division of Dance.
Division of Dance
178 Jowers Center
San Marcos, TX 78666
The Texas State University’s dance program prepares professional performers and choreographers and certifies teachers for the public schools. Students explore several forms of dance and learn to use those forms in educational and community settings. The role of dance as an art form and a means of developing sound aesthetic values are paramount in the program. Graduates work in public schools, private schools, private studios, and professional dance groups. Some have also gone on to pursue advanced degrees, conducting further preparation for the profession or preparing to teach at the college or university level. Our web pages contain information about our newly designed BFA programs, opportunities for performance and choreography, production photos and the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.
Texas State Dance focuses on Hawkins based fundamentals. “Erick Hawkins began his own school and company in 1951 creating a stunning, quintessentially American repertoire.” He worked closely with Martha Graham, Harald Kreutzberg, and composer Lucia Dlugoszewski. All modern classes are structured around Hawkins principals but incorporate other styles of modern along with inviting guests teachers of other styles each semester for advance levels. Modern classes are the main focus for the dance division and they are extremely important technique classes for our students. They are required from all dance majors with two full semesters of advance modern for the majority of majors.
Laban is another important class for Texas State dance majors. Laban Movement Analysis helps dancers understand, visualize, and document human movement. It was started by Rudolph Laban and continued with Irmgard Bartenieff. Texas State focuses on the contribution of Bartenieff training for dancers and key exercises are used throughout all modern technique classes. Laban is a required class for all dance majors.
Other classes of interest for dance majors include Ballet (various levels), Jazz (various levels), Dance Composition with focus on Improvisation and Choreography, Dance Kinesiology which teaches terminology that is used in all dance technique classes, 20th Century Dance History, Video Dance, Creative Movement, Writing for Dance, Rhythmic Structures, and Dance Concert Productions among other courses.
Texas State’s Dance Division holds a regular performance season with two shows in the Fall semester and 1-2 shows in the Spring semester and 1-2 shows in the Summer semesters. These will include Opening Door Dance Theater, Choreographer’s Showcase(s), Orchesis Show, and Merge Show. Performances are held at the new Patti Strickel Harrison Theater in the Performing Arts Center and the dance studios at Jowers, unless otherwise noted. To buy tickets, visit the TXST Presents website.
The Official TXSTDance blog was created and maintained by Jessica Maria MacFarlane (BFA dance studies, 2015) from 2014-2015; Anne Wharton (current BFA student) maintains this blog from 2015-2016.