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Thinking Bodies, Moving Minds

Integrate your physical and intellectual practice through an individualized master of fine arts(MFA) or master of arts (MA) in dance. Push the boundaries of your artistic vision in a dance department known for a culture of innovation since its founding in 1941.

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MFA in Dance

Deepen your understanding and practice of dance as an embodied art form. Prepare for work as a dancer, choreographer, or teacher.


MA in Dance

Develop your critical writing and scholarly research skills. Prepare for doctoral study or a career in writing or teaching.

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Faculty Artists & Scholars

Our faculty includes dance scholars, choreographers, and performers who bring experience with diverse dance forms. All are devoted mentors who will support you as you take creative risks.

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Performance Opportunities

Performance is integral to the MFA experience and a popular option for MA students. Opportunities include the Mills Repertory Dance Company, MFA thesis concert, and Studio One Performances.

Who We Are

Founded in 1941, the Mills Dance Department offers one of the oldest ongoing dance programs in the country. The longevity of our program and its international reputation are testaments to the quality of instruction and the successful philosophy that guides our curriculum. Our distinguished Mills faculty and visiting artists work closely with students to help them develop into articulate artists who can express themselves both creatively and through critical discourse.

What We Do

The strength of our degree programs springs from our unique combination of creative and critical dance studies, choreography, and performance practices. We help students hone their skills in performance, choreography, research, and dance writing, both critical and scholarly. The Mills Dance Program is both small and highly selective. This allows us to provide students with an immersive experience and the rich one-on-one interaction that is the hallmark of a Mills education.

I continue to benefit from the community I met at Mills. I still collaborate with musicians from the Music Department, and I am still great friends with dancers that I went to school with. I still work with many of those dancers and musicians from Mills. I have made lifetime friendships and a plethora of connections in the art community in the Bay Area.Sonsherée Giles, MFA '06