Save the BFA Dance Major at Southeast Missouri State University

Save the BFA Dance Major at Southeast Missouri State University

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Emma Knowlton started this petition to Southeast Missouri State University Administration

We, the students of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Southeast Missouri State University, were recently notified by the Vice-Provost of the university that the BFA Dance Major was identified for deletion following the Spring 2023 semester. While this review process was deemed comprehensive and collaborative, we feel this is not an accurate description, as the administration failed to speak with any current BFA dance students about their experience in the program. As a result, current students of the program believe it is not only fair, but imperative to fight this decision and make the voice of every person who has been positively impacted by the program heard.

The BFA program is designed to set aspiring professional dancers and choreographers up for successful careers in a competitive artistic industry. While the current BA Dance Major is designed for students who have dual interests and wish to double major/minor in another field of study. In comparison to the BFA degree, the BA is an exploratory degree program to study any and all aspects of dance and is more flexible. While the BA degree will still be offered, we are worried that this learning experience for BA’s will be diminished if it is transformed after the BFA deletion.

We do not know what all will encompass the deletion of the BFA Dance degree but do know the following are possibilities: cutting some of our class topics, cutting some of our performances, and even cutting possible choreographic opportunities. As mentioned above, these opportunities are vital to the growth of students and would be a devastating loss, not just for the BFA dance students but for all students attending River Campus classes and those with majors that require this experience and knowledge.

As current dance students and supporters of the dance program we are deeply affected and incredibly saddened by this decision. This is not just a career; it is a passion; a way of life. Our voices were not accounted for in this decision and given the impact it will have on not just our lives but possibly the future of the dance program, we believe it is imperative to oppose this decision.

It is important to oppose the deletion of the BFA Dance Major at Southeast Missouri State University, for the students' voices were not heard during the decision-making process conducted by the university. As students, we are requesting for the BFA Dance Major to be maintained and properly reviewed by the university. We hope you will join us in our effort by signing your name on this petition. We thank you for your support!

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