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

    ‘Heathers: The Musical’ Opens Dialogue on Teen Issues in Offbeat Comedy at River Campus

    The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer who rejects the cruelest girls in Westerberg High, the Heathers, for a new boyfriend who plans to put the girls in their place, six feet under, exposes bullying, depression, teen suicide and a range of adolescent issues in the hilarious heartfelt comedy, “Heathers: The Musical” Oct. 30-Nov. 10 [...]

    Southeast River Campus Hosting Internationally Recognized Fight Choreographer

    The Holland College of Arts and Media at Southeast Missouri State University will host Lloyd Caldwell for a masterclass presentation in rapier and dagger on Friday, Oct. 4 The class, scheduled from noon- 2 p.m. in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center Room 114, is an opportunity for Southeast students to work on [...]

    ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ to Celebrate Legendary Jazz Oct. 10-12 at River Campus

    Jump and jive with the cast of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and enjoy the Harlem stride style music that laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano Oct. 10-12 as part of the Second Stage Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The sassy, sultry musical celebration takes audiences along a journey with eight performers through the [...]

    Southeast Theatre Student Selected to Perform in Alabama Shakespeare Festival

    Southeast Missouri State University student Jay Wade has landed a leading role in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s (ASF) production of “Pipeline,” Oct. 17-27 in Montgomery, Alabama. Wade, a senior theatre major, acting option, from St. Louis, Missouri, will be playing Omari in this powerful play that delves into the issue of the “school-to-prison” pipeline that [...]

    Southeast Theatre, Public Relations Student Shares River Campus Experiences with Board of Regents

    Southeast Missouri State University senior Francesca Bucci of Gurnee, Illinois, told the Southeast Board of Regents today that Southeast made it possible for her to pursue degrees in two separate fields about which she’s passionate. Bucci, a double major in mass communication, public relations option, and theatre, acting option, was inspired by her parents who [...]

    ‘The Three Musketeers’ to Bring Intrigue, Treachery, Love in Epic Tale to Bedell Stage

    A tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes, and above all, honor, “The Three Musketeers” will delight audiences in this great coming-of-age story and romantic adventure Sept. 25-29 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The talented professionals and students of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will bring to life this masterful [...]


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