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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.


  • 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

    Southeast Announces 2021 River Campus Summer Arts Festival Event Lineup

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus announces the event lineup for its annual Summer Arts Festival offering a full day of visual and performing arts exhibitions and activities on Saturday, June 19. The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, visual arts displays, [...]

    Southeast Hosting First Annual Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival June 14-19

    The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the first annual Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival to showcase new American plays and playwrights from across the country. The Festival, to be held June 14-19 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, recognizes the outstanding work of new and professional [...]

    Cook, Howard Receive Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards

    Southeast Missouri State University has presented Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards to Amber Marisa Cook and Shantone (Shan) Howard, honoring their excellence in academic advising to students. The fourth annual Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards celebrate the efforts of Southeast’s academic advisors. There were 27 faculty and eight professional advisors nominated for this year’s award, with 15 [...]

    ‘Julius Caesar’ Sells Out at Southeast’s River Campus, Streaming Dates Still Available April 29-May 2

    When “Julius Caesar” takes the stage at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus later this month, audiences will hear more than a historical recount of ancient Rome. The sold-out in-person shows will transport playgoers to ancient Rome, to a time marked by civil strife and disease. “Julius Caesar” is William Shakespeare’s masterpiece that tells the [...]

    ‘Spring into Dance’ Featuring Work by Nationally Recognized Choreographer

    Experience the exciting performances of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s annual “Spring into Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. April 8-10 and April 11 at 2 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in [...]

    OnStage Blog Names Southeast to ‘Best College Theatre Programs in Every State’ List

    Theatre website OnStage Blog has recognized Southeast Missouri State University in its “Best College Theatre Programs in Every State” list for 2021. The ranking reflects the mission of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance as a professional training and liberal arts program providing diverse technique training, professional quality productions, career preparation and [...]


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