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, 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

    Southeast Student Honing Skills for Future in Sports Broadcasting

    Southeast Missouri State University senior Rebecca Gangemella of Warrensburg, Missouri, is polishing her journalistic skills on the sidelines of Redhawks athletics, hoping her experiences translate to a “win” in the sports broadcasting arena after graduation. This year, she’s responsible for producing multimedia segments, including “Redhawk Roundup” video sports recaps and “Hawks Nest,” shows for the […]

    ‘Southeast Dance Project’ comes to Rust Flexible Theatre Dec. 7 and 8

    The Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Southeast Dance Project” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 in the Rust Flexible Theatre. For the second year The Conservatory’s productions will offer a unique look into the talents of the dance program […]

    ‘Christmas Jukebox’ Brings Swinging Holiday Classics to River Campus

    “Christmas Jukebox” presented by the Department of Music and The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. It’s the season for merry-making with Southeast’s Christmas Jukebox. Celebrate with a jazzy program performed by Southeast’s […]

    Southeast Student Burning Rubber Producing Discovery Channel Racing Reality Shows

    Southeast Missouri State University senior Heather Leslie of Bartlett, Tennessee, is taking the fall semester off to continue traveling across the nation, working on the Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws: Memphis” and “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.” Leslie, a double major in mass communication, TV and film option, and theatre, works as a production assistant with […]

    Southeast Theatre Alumna Takes Skills Home to Japan

    Experience in theatre can lead to unique and extraordinary careers in the entertainment industry. For Southeast Missouri State University alumna Yukiko Tachibana, her love of the arts led to a career with Live Nation Entertainment Company in Tokyo, Japan. Tachibana is the finance director for Live Nation Japan, a company promoting concerts in Japan by […]

    Southeast Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Hosting A1 Pre-Screening Auditions Nov. 7

    The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will host All-in-One Auditions (A1) Nov. 7 at Southeast’s Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. The auditions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and will serve as pre-screening auditions for the 2019 A1 Conference. The annual conference will be […]


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