Community Engagement

Community Dance Center

5 young CDC participants dance in a row

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. Recent festivals have been hosted by Texas Christian University, Sam Houston State University, and Texas Woman's University.

Like TDIF on Facebook for more information and to explore photos of past festivals. Also, check out Events and Performances

Kids Dance

Kids Dance participants raise their hands in Margo Jones auditorium

Kids Dance is a lecture and demonstration, presented by the Division of Dance, 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.

Denton Black Film Festival

Denton Black Film Festival 2016 logo

The TWU Division of Dance and the TWU Community Dance Center have 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 Division 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 banner with tryptic of dancers in various poses.

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.

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