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

  • ‘An American Hero’ Dress Rehearsals Open to Community July 17-18

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will offer two sneak peeks of its upcoming performance of “An American Hero” in New York City with two non-ticket dress rehearsals of the show at Southeast’s River Campus. Dress rehearsals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 17 and 18 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible […]
  • River Campus Announces Free Shuttle Service During 2018 Summer Arts Festival

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus has announced that a free River Campus Summer Arts Festival Shuttle will transport visitors to the festival from locations throughout downtown Cape Girardeau on June 16. The shuttle service is sponsored by the University and the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, and represents the festival’s continuing commitment to community […]
  • River Campus Announces Performance Dates, Show Cast for ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’

    Southeast Missouri State University announces the River Campus Summer Arts Festival’s production of “Legally Blonde Jr.,” opening June 15 as part of its two-week extended production. “Legally Blond Jr.” is a family friendly musical production, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Based on the book by Amanda Brown, it was a major […]
  • River Campus Announces Event Lineup for 2018 Summer Arts Festival

    Southeast Missouri State University announces the event lineup for the fifth annual River Campus Summer Arts Festival with a full day of visual and performing arts exhibitions and activities June 16. The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, magic, visual arts displays, […]
  • Southeast Presenting Jazz-Inspired Musical ‘An American Hero’ July 23-29 in NYMF

    A Southeast Missouri State University original production, “An American Hero,” will be in the national spotlight when it is performed as part of the 15th season of the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) July 23-29 in the Acorn Theatre in New York City. Performances will offer theatre lovers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a […]
  • Southeast Alum Appearing in NY Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Tim Nicolai, a Jackson, Missouri, native, is appearing in New York Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park which opened May 29 in Central Park. Nicolai is appearing in “Othello,” directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, through June 24 in the Delacorte Theatre. This summer’s “Free Shakespeare in the Park” also features productions […]


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