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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

    Power, Creativity of Women to be Celebrated in ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at River Campus Sept. 30-Oct. 4

    Three unlikely friends will take control of their circumstances in surprising ways while working in a man’s world when “9 to 5: The Musical” hits the stage at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall [...]

    Fierce, Fearless and Female: ‘The Wolves’ Brings Women’s Soccer, Raw Adolescence to River Campus Sept. 16-20 and 25-27

    The U.S. women’s soccer team captured global attention last summer when it brought home the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Now, The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance plans to build on that excitement when it performs “The Wolves” Sept. 16-20 and Sept. 25-27 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performances will be [...]

    River Campus Announces 2020-2021 Season Lineup

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus announces the event lineup for a remarkable season of music, art, theatre and dance during the 2020-2021 season. The 14th River Campus season invites patrons to enjoy an extensive variety of visual and performing arts events by Southeast’s departments of music, art and design, The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory [...]

    ‘Bring It On! The Musical’ to be Performed Live, Streamed from Southeast’s River Campus

    Audiences won’t be able to sit still when “Bring it On! The Musical” melds cheerleading, dance and showtunes at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 12-15, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Bitingly relevant, sprinkled [...]

    Southeast Theatre Alum Earns His Ears at Disney

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Maxwell Schnur loves seeing happy faces at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” “Seeing the faces of our guests, both adults and children alike, light up when they enjoy the show and the magical experience we provide them — that’s my favorite part,” he says of his role. A native [...]

    Rescheduled Dates Announced for ‘101 Dalmatians KIDS’ Youth Theatre Workshop

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus announces rescheduled dates for youth to participate in a summer youth theatre workshop producing “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS” as part of its 2020 River Campus Summer Arts Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop is now scheduled for July 20-Aug. 9. Students will participate in all-day acting workshops [...]


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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