Dance at the School of Visual and Performing arts

The mission of the Dance Program at Southeast Missouri State University is to train students in the B.F.A. and B.A. degrees into becoming resourceful contemporary dance artists by offering solid and vigorous studio technique, challenging and vital classroom experiences and numerous performance opportunities. Committed to Artistic and Academic excellence, the faculty advocates and supports the cultivation of professional dancers through guided analysis, exploration and practice in the development of expertise within the many components of the dance discipline.


  • To nurture students toward becoming dance professionals who are responsible, collegial, resilient, mature and compassionate people
  • To train forward-thinking, versatile and creative dance artists who can be competitive in the professional dance world and who will qualitatively contribute to the field of dance
  • To offer students technically strong and aesthetically sound training in progressively more rigorous levels of ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance
  • To expose students to a variety of exceptional dance professionals in the discipline
  • To be intelligent and compelling dance advocates on-campus and within the Cape Girardeau and regional community
  • To offer an intensive conservatory approach within a supportive liberal arts education

Dance News

  • Open Auditions Aug. 21 for ‘La Périchole’

    Open auditions for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music production of Jacque Offenbach’s opera “La Périchole” will be held Aug. 21. Auditions are open to all Southeast students and members of the community 16 and older, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at […]
  • Southeast’s ‘An American Hero’ Wins NYMF’s Best of Festival Production Award

    “An American Hero,” a Southeast Missouri State University original production, has been honored with the New York Musical Festival’s (NYMF) Best of Festival Production Award. The powerful, jazz-inspired musical, which tells the story of an Irish immigrant during World War II, recently was performed as part of the 15th season of the NYMF July 23-29 […]
  • Agreement Paves Way for Borough of Manhattan Community College Theatre Grads to Transfer to Southeast

    Officials with Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in New York City and Southeast Missouri State University signed an agreement July 12 paving the way for a seamless transfer of BMCC Associate of Science in Theatre (AST) graduates into Southeast’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, musical theatre option. Signing the agreement in New York […]
  • Southeast Announces Naming of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance

    Southeast Missouri State University has announced the naming of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast’s River Campus. The naming is in recognition of a generous gift from Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, former president of Southeast Missouri State University, and his wife, Jeanine Larson Dobbins. Their gift establishes an endowed fund […]
  • River Campus Announces 2018-2019 Season Lineup

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus invites patrons to another remarkable season of music, art, theatre and museum exhibits during the 2018-2019 season. The 12th River Campus season will, again, offer a spectacular breadth of performing arts events by professional touring companies as well as Southeast’s departments of music and art, The Jeanine Larson Dobbins […]
  • ‘An American Hero’ Dress Rehearsals Open to Community July 17-18

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will offer two sneak peeks of its upcoming performance of “An American Hero” in New York City with two non-ticket dress rehearsals of the show at Southeast’s River Campus. Dress rehearsals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 17 and 18 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible […]


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