Back to Undergraduate

Departments & Programs

American Studies
African & African Diaspora Studies
Anthropology
Art History
Art Studio
Asian Studies
Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biology
Biopsychology
Book Art
Business Economics
Chemistry
Child Development
Chinese
College 005
Computer Science
» Dance
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
French & Francophone Studies
Government
Hellman Program
History
Institute for Civic Leadership
Intermedia Arts
International Relations
Journalism
Latin American Studies
Law
Letters Division
Literary & Cultural Studies
Mathematics
Medicine/Health Sciences
Music
Nursing
Philosophy
Physics
Political, Legal & Economic Analysis
Psychology
Public Policy
Queer Studies
Religious Studies
Social Sciences Division
Sociology
Spanish & Spanish American Studies
Summer Academic Workshop
Theater Studies
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Women, Leadership and Social Change


Home > Academics > Undergraduate >
Dance

Mills Dance is at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area's large and dynamic urban dance community. Launched in 1938 as one of the first and most visionary dance programs in the country, dance at Mills uniquely trains students to be both artist-thinkers and refined practitioners competent in multiple dance idioms. The curriculum is designed to develop each dancer's technical, performance, and choreographic abilities while urging students to seek creative inspiration in the world around them. Within the broad context of liberal arts, students study dance history and theory and are introduced to some of the fundamental philosophical ideas of dance and culture studies.

Dance majors develop expertise in three areas: technique, choreography, and history/theory. Each arena is arranged progressively, allowing students to move from elementary to advanced levels in contemporary modern dance and ballet, the department's core areas of practice. Choreography classes are designed to become increasingly complex and varied over the course of study, while dance history and theory are arrayed chronologically, with knowledge building upon prior knowledge, preparing students for graduate studies should they wish.

In a program with a robust dance practice, dancers at Mills have many opportunities to perform their own work or the work of students, professors, and visiting artists in the Mills Repertory Dance Company (MRDC) concerts. Additional opportunities arise from BA and MFA thesis concerts. Undergraduates also benefit by working closely with the College's small, committed group of MFA and/or MA students. The Dance Department also forges new and ongoing collaborations with renowned dance artists of the Bay Area, affording students opportunities to work with esteemed local organizations. Additionally, national guest artists are invited to Mills to offer master classes and to choreograph for the annual Repertory Company season.

For more information on graduate studies in dance, see the Graduate Catalog.

With Mills unique Bachelor's to Master's Accelerated Degree Programs you can earn two academic degrees in five years—increasing your career options after college. Click a link below for courses you can be taking now to prepare for your Bachelor's to Master's Accelerated Degree.
Education/Teaching Credential
Computer Science

Program Information
» Overview

Faculty and Staff

Requirements

Courses
Full Course List

Dance Course List

Schedule of Courses for
the Current Semester


Activities & Resources

Awards

Events

Repertory Dance Company Concert

Contact Information

P: 510.430.2175
F: 510.430.3272
E: dance@mills.edu

Last Updated: 5/23/14