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Each year, The Conservatory presents 12 public dance performances exposing students to a variety of exceptional dance professionals in the discipline. Annual productions include Fall for Dance, Spring into Dance, Southeast Dance Project and Moving Perspectives.

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The main stage dance productions occur twice per year and contain choreography by guest artists, professional faculty and students. Each production showcases the diversity of the dance program giving students the opportunity to perform works in numerous styles of dance such as ballet (classical and contemporary), modern, jazz and tap. The guest artist work allows students the opportunity to experience new creative processes as well as perform and study a variety of styles including that of José Limón and Gus Giordano. Each concert runs for four performances giving the students involved the opportunity to grow throughout the performance process.

Dance majors also have the opportunity to create and audition work for the main stage dance concert each semester. Each student choreographers are assigned a faculty mentor who is available to guide the student through the creative process and provide timely and periodic feedback on the work. Approximately six weeks into each semester, the students present their work to the faculty at the student choreography auditions.


These productions occur every semester and exclusively feature student choreography revealing the work of emerging artists. Student dance artists are given the opportunity to step into the spotlight delighting audiences with original contemporary dance works newly created and encompassing a variety of moods and styles.


The dance program performs annually at the American College Dance Association regional conference and the St. Louis National Dance Week Celebration as well as at local venues within the Cape Girardeau community. An additional opportunity for student choreographers to present work is at the American College Dance Association regional conference where the dance program selects two student choreographers to present work at the conference.


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River Campus Seminary, Room 463

Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701