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The mission of the Dance Program at Southeast Missouri State University is to train students 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 and jazz 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

    Southeast Dance Graduate Earns Selective Spot at Cirque du Soleil Training Program

    Kyndall Walton, a recent graduate of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, will soon attend a Cirque du Soleil training program at the San Diego Circus Center. Cirque du Soleil’s talent development program NexGen is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and select talent training centers to [...]

    Gov. Parson Signs Bill Designating Southeast with a Statewide Mission in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Visual and Performing Arts

    Gov. Mike Parson signed House Bill 297 (HB 297) into law on Tuesday, July 13, officially designating Southeast Missouri State University as an institution of higher education with a statewide mission in the areas of computer science, cybersecurity, and visual and performing arts. Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas was at the ceremony in Jefferson City [...]

    NYC Based Playwright Takes Top Honor at Inaugural Lanford Wilson New American Playwright Festival

    The Inaugural Lanford Wilson New American Playwright Festival concluded on Saturday, June 19, after a week of workshops, discussions and staged readings. The new annual event, produced by The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, the Holland College of Arts & Media, and Southeast Missouri State University, honors the legacy of Missouri-native and [...]

    Southeast Announces 2021 River Campus Summer Arts Festival Event Lineup

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus announces the event lineup for its annual Summer Arts Festival offering a full day of visual and performing arts exhibitions and activities on Saturday, June 19. The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, visual arts displays, [...]

    Southeast Hosting First Annual Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival June 14-19

    The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the first annual Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival to showcase new American plays and playwrights from across the country. The Festival, to be held June 14-19 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, recognizes the outstanding work of new and professional [...]

    Cook, Howard Receive Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards

    Southeast Missouri State University has presented Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards to Amber Marisa Cook and Shantone (Shan) Howard, honoring their excellence in academic advising to students. The fourth annual Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards celebrate the efforts of Southeast’s academic advisors. There were 27 faculty and eight professional advisors nominated for this year’s award, with 15 [...]


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