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Our B.A. in Dance offers students professional, conservatory-style training with a wide range of flexibility to explore any and all aspects of dance.  The degree focuses on the areas of training, production and professional development incorporating academic courses, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities to enhance learning. Upon graduation, B.A. Dance majors will acquire the skills necessary when entering the professional dance, entertainment, and arts markets. Our program continually challenges the abilities of our students and regularly assesses student progress. The B.A. in Dance also prepares students interested in continuing studies to the M.A. and M.F.A. level. 

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

Students will:  

  • Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills in the area of dance within a liberal arts context;  
  • Demonstrate mature work ethics and healthy lifestyle habits consistent with professionals in the field of dance;  
  • Achieve a high level of competency and skill in technique and performance in a variety of dance techniques;  
  • Demonstrate familiarity with in the many facets of dance production and other professionally oriented work in dance;  
  • Become familiar with a wide variety of dance repertory and dance styles; 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in choreographic principles, concepts and development of a personal aesthetic;  
  • Exhibit fundamental knowledge of the body and of kinesiology as applicable to work in dance;  
  • Show basic knowledge and skills in dance pedagogy; 
  • Identify dance in historical, cultural and stylistic contexts; 
  • Display the ability to creatively solve problems. 

Dance Program

  • Dance Facilities

    Southeast has exceptional dance facilities that provide excellent training and performance opportunities for our students at the River Campus. All dance studios are equipped with sprung floors, a Marley dance surface, up-to-date sound systems, upright pianos, computers, and televisions for use in studio dance courses and have a key card system allowing students 24-hour access. Take a look at our fantastic dance facilities! 

  • Auditions

    Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree are strongly encouraged to audition for dance technique-level placement to ensure proper coursework and progress within the degree program. The audition gives the faculty a comprehensive view of your technical and creative abilities, training background, and your goals and interests within the dance discipline. Learn more about our dance audition process! 

  • Training

    Our dance program provides diversity of dance training emphasizing numerous styles of dance technique including aerial, ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz, pointe, and tap. Additionally, we give students the ability to explore and develop in other areas such as classical and contemporary partnering, advanced improvisation, and choreography. Find out more information on our training program for our students.  

  • Experiential Learning

    Our students have access to many opportunities to advance their career and show off their talents in multiple on and off-campus performances, master classes, and choreographic residencies with guest artists, and events like the American College Dance Association Annual Conference! Get the best experience for your future career, right here at Southeast!   

What You’ll Study

As a BA Dance major, you will study a wide variety of dance repertory and dance styles and build relationships with professional dancers, choreographers, and dance companies through master classes, residences, internships, intensives, and dance festivals. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 47 hours in dance. No minor is required.

Dance - 47 Hours – No Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • DA105 Rehearsal and Production I (2)
  • DA280 Movement Analysis (3)
  • DA282 Movement Improvisation (3)
  • DA290 Dance in World Cultures (3)
  • DA305 Rehearsal and Production II (6)
  • DA380 Choreography I (3)
  • DA430 Principles of Teaching Dance (3)
  • DA485 Choreography II (3)
  • DA490 Dance History (3)

Choose 6 hours from:*

  • DA211 Ballet I (2)
  • DA311 Ballet II (2)
  • DA411 Ballet III (2)

Choose 6 hours from:*

  • DA221 Modern Dance I (2)
  • DA321 Modern Dance II (2)
  • DA421 Modern Dance III (2)

Choose 6 hours from:*

  • DA226 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DA326 Jazz Dance II (2)
  • DA426 Jazz Dance III (2)

*4 hours must be from 300-400 level

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • DA105 (1) 
  • DA282 (3)
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA105 (1) 
  • DA290 (3) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA305 (1)
  • DA380 (3)
  • Dance Technique Class (2)
  • Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA280 (3) 
  • DA305 (1) 
  • DA485 (3) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA305 (1) 
  • DA430 (3) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA305 (1) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DA305 (1) 
  • DA490 (3) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester 

  • DA305 (1) 
  • Dance Technique Class (2) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)  

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.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 93%

     Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  

  •  $18.50/hr

     Professional Dancer

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median wage for a professional dancer is $19.11 per hour.  

  •  $21/hr

    Choreographer

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median wage for a choreographer is $21.00 per hour. 

  • 39k+

    Dance Instructor

    The average annual salary for a dance instructor is $39k according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

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Accreditations

  • NAST Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Theatre logo
  • NASD Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Dance logo
  • Yamaha Institution of Excellence logo

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Location
Office Location
River Campus Seminary, 454
Mailing Address
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701