Dance at the College of Arts and Media

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 and jazz 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

    Extravaganza March 21 Benefits Theatre and Dance Students

    Enjoy a night on Broadway with students from Southeast Missouri State University as they act, sing and dance at The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s Extravaganza on March 21. The Extravaganza will be held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Events Center with a 5:30 p.m. social, followed by dinner at 6 […]

    Southeast Alum Returns from Broadway to Design ‘Sister Act’

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus and Scott City, Missouri, native Matthew Buttrey has returned to his stomping grounds from The Big Apple to guest design the production of “Sister Act” being performed at the River Campus this weekend. The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance is presenting “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. tonight […]

    Southeast Students Participate in 2019 Citizens for the Arts Day at the Legislature

    Fifteen Southeast Missouri State University students recently attended the 2019 Citizens for the Arts Day at the Legislature hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and held Feb. 6 at the Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Citizens Day is MCA’s signature event in its year-round efforts to advocate for continued public funding […]

    ‘Obstacles as Inspiration’ Focus of Catapult’s Feb. 14 ‘After Hours Conversation’

    “Obstacles of Inspiration” will be the focus of the first installment of the spring 2019 season of Catapult Creative House’s “After Hours: Conversation on Art and Culture” on Feb. 14. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the classroom at Catapult, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. This event is free and open to […]

    Musical Comedy ‘Sister Act’ Brings Disco to Southeast’s River Campus Feb. 20-24

    The 2018-2019 Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. “It has something for everyone. […]

    2019 River Campus Summer Arts Festival Auditions for ‘Newsies’ Announced

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media will hold auditions for the 2019 River Campus Summer Arts Festival production of Disney’s “Newsies” on March 23 and 24. Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. March 23 for University members and the general public and will continue at 1 p.m. March […]


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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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