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

  • Eighth Annual Fault Line Film Festival Showcases Regional Student Talent

    Southeast Missouri State University students, regional high school students and students from across Missouri and surrounding states will display their cinematic talents and skills in this year’s Fault Line Film Festival at Southeast Missouri State University. The festival begins with a keynote address at noon on Nov. 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall […]
  • ‘Fall for Dance’ Returns to River Campus Nov. 15-19

    The annual favorite “Fall for Dance” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The performance features original choreography by faculty, guest artists and students providing the variety of dance audiences enjoy. Faculty member, Rubén Gerding, […]
  • Southeast Dance Program Earns NASD Accreditation

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance have received five-year accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). NASD is the national accrediting agency for dance and establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for dance and dance-related disciplines, and provides assistance […]
  • Southeast River Campus Showcasing the World’s Most Famous Vampire, ‘Dracula’

    Based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, “Dracula” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31- Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5 as part of the Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Series in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. “Dracula” is a suspenseful […]
  • Children’s Theatre Workshop Celebrates Thanksgiving Through Performances

    Children interested in musical theatre are invited to study singing, dancing and acting this fall, as Southeast Missouri State University celebrates families and togetherness. The Children’s Theatre Workshop is for students in kindergarten-8 grade, and children of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Classes include physical and vocal warm-ups and character-building exercises. Students […]
  • ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ Takes Stage at Southeast’s River Campus Oct. 12-14

    America’s obsession with beauty is depicted in “Reasons to Be Pretty,” presented at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. A love story about the impossibility of love, “Reasons to Be Pretty” is a romantic drama focusing on the extreme appeal to physical appearances. […]


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