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 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 ‘The Aristocats KIDS’ Youth Theatre Workshop

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is offering a summer youth theatre experience to produce Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” as part of its 2019 River Campus Summer Arts Festival. Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable [...]

    Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ comes to Southeast’s River Campus April 24-28

    “Othello” will close out the 2018-2019 Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus April 24-28 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 24-27 and 2 p.m. April 27 and 28. “This show hasn’t [...]

    Enjoy Local Fare, Support Southeast Theatre and Dance at 2019 Restaurant Hop

    Enjoy signature items from more than 10 Cape Girardeau restaurants and businesses participating in the annual Restaurant Hop on April 16, benefitting The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. The Restaurant Hop, which takes place from 4-8 p.m., will include samplings from Gabriel’s Food and Wine, Minglewood Brewery, [...]

    ‘Spring Into Dance’ Featuring Original Choreography at River Campus

    Experience the exciting and beautiful performances of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s annual “Spring into Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. April 4-6 and 2 p.m. April 7 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. “Spring into Dance” will feature Southeast students performing original dance pieces [...]

    Extravaganza March 21 Benefits Theatre and Dance Students

    Enjoy a night on Broadway with students from Southeast Missouri State University as they act, sing and dance at The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s Extravaganza on March 21. The Extravaganza will be held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Events Center with a 5:30 p.m. social, followed by dinner at 6 [...]

    Southeast Alum Returns from Broadway to Design ‘Sister Act’

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus and Scott City, Missouri, native Matthew Buttrey has returned to his stomping grounds from The Big Apple to guest design the production of “Sister Act” being performed at the River Campus this weekend. The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance is presenting “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. tonight [...]


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River Campus Seminary, Room 463

Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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