Dance at the School of Visual and Performing arts

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

  • ‘Our Town’ comes to Southeast’s River Campus Oct. 31-Nov. 4

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Our Town” as a part of the 2018-2019 Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play is […]
  • Southeast Alum Makes Off-Broadway Debut with ‘Pound’ Scenic Design

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Matthew Buttrey is living his dream as a theatre scenic designer in New York City, where his first Off-Broadway production, “Pound,” by Sean O’Leary, opened Oct. 4 and runs through  Oct. 28 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row. The play, starring Christopher Lloyd and presented by Triumverate Artists, imagines […]
  • Southeast Musical Theatre Student Shares River Campus Experiences with Board of Regents

    Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Adam Schween told the University’s Board of Regents today that the River Campus provides some of the best facilities in the country and has afforded him a fantastic educational experience. Schween, a musical theatre major from Memphis, Tennessee, became interested in Southeast when his friend, Southeast student Malachi Marrareo, told […]
  • Sixth River Campus Summer Arts Festival Slated for June 15

    The Holland College of Arts and Media at Southeast Missouri State University announces the Sixth River Campus Summer Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019. The summer celebration of the arts will continue the tradition of offering a free day of programming with live performances, hands-on activities and art exhibitions. Last year’s festival brought […]
  • Rock Opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Opens Southeast’s Theatre and Dance Series

    “Jesus Christ Superstar” opens 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 at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. “This is the greatest […]
  • ‘After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture’ Lecture Sept. 13 Postponed

    The first presentation in a series titled “After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture,” scheduled to begin Sept. 13 and hosted by Catapult Creative House at Southeast Missouri State University, has been postponed. For further information, contact Dr. Joni Hand at  


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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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