Community Engagement

Community Dance Center

5 young CDC participants dance in a row

Spring 2018 registration is now open!

The Community Dance Center at TWU offers dance instruction for community members of all ages to explore the art of dance with our professionally trained teachers. Our classes, from beginning levels to advanced, teach dance technique and the creative process while promoting individuality, positive self-esteem, and teamwork among our students. Come dance with us!

Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

Sarah Gamblin, Amii LeGendre and Brittany Padilla perform at TDIF 2015
Sarah Gamblin, Amii LeGendre and Brittany Padilla. Photo by Lynn Lane.

TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as dance and music artists to share, inspire, and challenge our improvising arts community. This year's host is Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance (with festival coordination by Erin Reck) featuring Guest Artist is Amii LeGendre.

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TDIF 2016 October 13-15, 2016


  • October 13: Thursday evening opening jam
  • October 14: Friday classes all day and evening jam
  • October 15: Saturday classes all day, evening performance, and closing jam/reception

Location: Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance, The Gaertner Performing Arts Complex, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.
Registration: To continue to make TDIF affordable for everyone who would like to attend, we offer a low cost registration fee of $10 with an option to give more. All of the work and the space is donated, so your fee goes directly to supporting the teaching and performing artists.
Please note: The registration deadline ended on September 1st, 2016. If you find that you cannot attend, please do cancel your non-refundable reservation by emailing

The 2016 TDIF Coordinating Committee is comprised of: Diane Cahill Bedford, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, Whitney Geldon, Nina Martin, Westin Portillo, Erin Reck, Lily Sloan, John Stronks, and Jane Weiner.

Kids Dance

Kids Dance participants raise their hands in Margo Jones auditorium

Kids Dance is a lecture demonstration, presented by DanceWorks Repertory Company, for elementary students (specifically 2nd grade students) in partnership with Texas Woman's University, the Denton Independent School District, and the Greater Denton Arts Council. It was made possible by the support of the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Fall 2016 Kids Dance

November 10-11 at 10:00 a.m. in Margo Jones Performance HallFor more information about Kids Dance, please call 940-898-2086 or e-mail

Denton Black Film Festival

Denton Black Film Festival 2016 logo

In January 2016, the TWU Department of Dance and the TWU Community Dance Center taught and presented original choreography for the Denton Black Film Festival Pre-Festival at the Greater Denton Arts Center. TWU Community Dance Center teacher Kristianna Hogan taught a Hip Hop class for kids and the TWU Department of Dance presented three works created and performed by students: Strengthen Me, a solo by undergraduate RaChelle Conley reveals a journey of empowerment to the music of Nina Simone; El Sueño Americano, a quartet by undergraduate Marina Gonzalez that paints a living landscape of the dream and struggle of immigration; and More Time Than Stolen, a trio by graduate student Azaria Hogans that explores the courage and compassion of seeing and being seen within a community.  The dancers were: Jillian Adair, Ashley Cervantes, Molly Hart, Alyssa Toland, Ariel Lewis, Taryn McDaniel, Briyona Whitle,  and Ciceley Fullylove.

The DBFF pe-festival is a benefit supporting the Denton African American Scholarship Fund. For more information on the festival, please visit their website or Facebook.

ARTSWALK: Transformations

Red and yellow ARTSWALK 2016 logo banner

ARTSWALK, formerly known as the Arts Triangle, features the premiere performances of two interdisciplinary collaborative arts projects created by TWU faculty and commissioned especially for this event. Performances by TWU dance, drama, visual arts and music students are also featured in this free event.