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

  • Southeast Musical ‘An American Hero’ Selected to Prestigious New York Musical Festival

    “An American Hero,” a musical co-written by 2017 Southeast Missouri State University graduate Cody Cole of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, Chair of Southeast’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, has been selected to be performed in this summer’s New York Musical Festival (NYMF). The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and […]
  • River Campus Offers First Ever Summer Season Ticket

    For the first time, a summer season ticket is now available for all three performances scheduled this summer at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The $40 season ticket is good for admission to “Legally Blonde Jr.,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The 39 Steps.” Summer season tickets must be purchased by May 31. “Legally […]
  • ‘Punk Rock’ Takes Stage at Southeast’s River Campus March 8-10

    The trials and errors of high school will be depicted in “Punk Rock” presented at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. March 8-10 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Premiering in 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith in London, “Punk Rock” is staged in a private school outside of Manchester, England, where […]
  • Extravaganza to Send Theatre and Dance Students to NYC, Los Angeles to Network with Industry Professionals

    Get lost in the world of theatre and dance with students from Southeast Missouri State University as they perform two acts featuring a variety of numbers from multiple shows along with original choreography at The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s Extravaganza on March 22. This night of entertainment – including acting, singing, dancing — allows […]
  • ‘Mary Poppins’ Cast Delivers Spoonfuls of Sugar to Senior Living Residents

    The student cast of “Mary Poppins,” which is coming to Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Feb. 21-25, took their show on the road last week, much to the delight of residents at the Lutheran Home and Saxony Village in Cape Girardeau. Twenty-eight students and several faculty members brought “Mary Poppins” to life, performing numbers […]
  • River Campus Announces Summer Arts Festival Dates and Shows

    Southeast Missouri State University announces its fifth annual community River Campus Summer Arts Festival to be held June 16. In addition to the festival date, the summer season will offer an ambitious production of three shows. The mainstage musical will be the smash hit “Little Shop of Horrors,” about a hapless florist shop worker who […]


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