Dance - BFA
Dance students at Southeast Missouri State University experience the intensity of ballet, the freedom of tap and the aesthetics of jazz and modern dance in facilities that provide spacious rooms for practice and an impressive performance venue. While studying dance, students discuss issues and theories relevant to their craft and use state-of-the-art practice facilities to learn the major styles of dance.
The dance studio, surpassed by none, has quality sound technology and a "sprung" floor, which minimizes strain on the body. It is flexible enough to provide classroom, performance and rehearsal space for student-choreographed productions. Adding to the dancer's specific needs the stage in the major performance hall also includes a "sprung " floor.
Dance students learn alongside students in theatre, music and art and dance in two major "dance-exclusive" shows per year in addition to musical theatre events. They find internships and professional experience are just part of the learning process, which dedicates approximately one-third of the curriculum to academic training, one-third to working with university productions, and one-third to career development.
The Departmen of Theatre and Dance is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School for the Visual and Performing Arts, located at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The River Campus facilities provide a professional-caliber venue for music and theatre performances, including a 950-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat flexible theatre, a 200-seat music recital hall, dance studio, and state-of-the-art classrooms, studios and construction shops. The River Campus is a centerpiece for the arts in Southeast Missouri.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a pre-professional degree with an emphasis on experiential and academic training designed to prepare the student for a career in the performing arts.
All BFA in dance majors must:
- have successfully completed one semester at Southeast as a theatre and dance major
- earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses that are major requirements
- earn a "B" or better in all TH105 and TH 305 classses
- maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher within the BFA program and a minimum overall university 2.5 GPA
- have the prerequisite academic grades and participate in the First-Year BFA Program Auditions, receiving passing artistic marks from participating faculty to gain admittance into this program
- maintain requisite academic grades and participate in the Second-Year and Third-Year BFA Juries, receiving passing academic and artistic marks to advance in the program