Founded in 1941, the Mills Dance Department offers the oldest ongoing dance program in the country, and a graduate program of national renown. Located in one of the largest dance centers in the United States, Mills is at the heart of a vibrant urban dance community. The longevity of our program and its international reputation are testaments to the quality of instruction and the successful philosophy that guides our curriculum.
We offer two graduate degrees in dance, including:
MA in Dance
MFA in Dance
The strength of our degrees comes from our unique combination of creative and critical dance studies, choreography, and performance practices. Simply put, we stretch the mind as well as the body. We work with students to become articulate artists who can express themselves both creatively and through critical discourse. We help them hone their skills in performance, choreography, research, and dance writing, both critical and scholarly.
The Mills Dance Program is small and highly selective. This means we are able to provide students with an immersive experience and the rich one-on-one interaction that is the hallmark of a Mills education. What makes this particularly significant is the professional caliber of the faculty and visiting artists who teach in our program. They provide broad and varied experience in diverse dance forms and bring the breadth of their own professional work to the curriculum. We also believe in linking our dance grads to the larger world. Consequently, the Dance Department nurtures opportunities for graduate students to work with esteemed local artists and organizations both on and off campus. Meanwhile, we invite national guest artists to our studios whenever possible to teach master classes. We also present the dances of renowned choreographers in our annual Repertory Company season.