MFA in Dance
Deepen your understanding and practice of dance as an embodied art form uniting creative, analytical, spiritual, and physical skills.
About the Program
The Mills master of fine arts (MFA) in dance enables students to study one-on-one with accomplished faculty from a diversity of backgrounds. MFA students have the opportunity to develop, then refine, their unique movement language, and through that process to grow as artists and human beings.
Located in the center of one of the largest and most innovative dance communities in the country, the Mills Dance Department provides the kind of intense laboratory environment so important to advanced study. Each fall the resident performing troupe, the Mills Repertory Dance Company, stages work by noted choreographers, and in the spring students perform in works by second-year MFA candidates. Throughout the year everyone has the chance to participate in an array of dance exchanges, festivals, and student projects. The capstone of the degree is a culminating group choreographic project performed publicly and a significant research paper that closely examines a dance idea of great interest to the student. View our degree requirements for further information.
Besides the daily rigor and experimentation in the studio and classroom, graduate students have the opportunity to attend concerts in the community, take exciting master classes, apply to be student teachers, receive invaluable career advice, and build lifelong contacts in the field. And because alumnae remain an invaluable part of the Mills Dance Department, we stay in touch and help our former graduates develop and maintain their artistic and intellectual networks.