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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

    River Campus Summer Arts Festival Announces ‘101 Dalmatians KIDS’ Youth Theatre Workshop

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is offering a summer youth theatre experience to produce Disney’s “101 Dalmatians KIDS” as part of its 2020 River Campus Summer Arts Festival. Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s “101 Dalmatians KIDS” is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the [...]

    River Campus Teams Up with Minglewood Brewery for Fundraiser March 2 to Support Cultural Experience in Puerto Rico

    The Southeast Missouri State University Holland College of Arts and Media will host a fundraiser on Monday, March 2, at Minglewood Brewery to benefit student performances in Puerto Rico in May. Minglewood Brewery is located at 121 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and at 5 p.m., [...]

    Southeast Alum Jay Wade Reprises Role in Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Jay Wade will reprise the role of Omari in the Cincinnati Ensemble Theatre production of “Pipeline” March 11- April 4. This powerful play delves into the issue of the “school-to-prison” pipeline that can ensnare people of color. The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents a portfolio of visually stunning premier theatre that [...]

    World’s Favorite Ogre Returns in Oscar-Winning ‘Shrek: The Musical’ Feb. 19-23 at River Campus

    The film world’s favorite ogre shifts to life on stage, proving there’s more to the story than meets the eye when “Shrek: The Musical” is performed Feb. 19-23 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22-23 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall [...]

    Southeast River Campus Hosting ‘Opera for Schools,’ Showcasing Puccini Operas

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music, in collaboration with The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, will host more than 700 area students for an “Opera for Schools” performance Jan. 30.  “Opera for the Schools” will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. The program is an opportunity for [...]

    2019: A Southeast Year in Review

    2019 was a remarkable year of achievement at Southeast. From reaffirmation of our Higher Learning Commission accreditation and innovation in academic programs to new partnerships and facilities, and athletic accomplishments, Southeast continues to look to the future while maintaining our ever present commitment to student success. As 2019 comes to a close, we look back at some of [...]


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