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

  • Enjoy Local Fare, Support Southeast Theatre and Dance at 2018 Restaurant Hop

    Enjoy signature items from 13 Cape Girardeau restaurants and businesses participating in the annual restaurant hop on Tuesday, April 17, benefitting Southeast Missouri State University’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. The restaurant hop, which takes places from 4:30-8 p.m., includes the following restaurants: Andy’s Frozen Custard, Baristas Coffee Bar, Bistro Saffron, Cup ‘n Cork, Gabriel’s […]
  • A Family Collides in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Southeast’s River Campus April 18-22

    “A Raisin in the Sun” will close out the Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank 2017-2018 Theatre and Dance Series April 18-22 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 18-21 and 2 p.m. April 22. A high school matinee is planned […]
  • ‘Spring into Dance’ Featuring Aerial Dance at River Campus

    Experience the thrilling and entertaining performances of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s annual “Spring into Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. April 4-7, 10 a.m. April 6 and 2 p.m. April 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. For the first time, this year’s event will feature aerial […]
  • 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 […]


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