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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying dance.

Public Performances
  • Mills Repertory Dance Company—Both undergraduate and graduate dance students are encouraged to audition for the company, which showcases works by faculty, guest artists, and leading choreographers. Performances take place on campus and in San Francisco.
  • Senior and MFA thesis concerts—Dance students perform pieces choreographed by graduating BA and MFA students at these annual events.
  • Undergrad Underground—This concert features work by undergraduate dancers and artists.
  • Studio One Performances—Students and faculty present choreographic experiments and classwork in an intimate venue at the end of each semester.

Renovated Dance Spaces

Beginning in fall 2018, Mills dancers will present performances in the newly renovated Lisser Hall, a historic Spanish colonial revival building at the center of campus. Shared with the Theater Studies Program, Lisser Hall features:

  • A flexible performance space that can be configured like a proscenium theater or a black box theater, with as many as 277 seats
  • An intimate digital performance theater
  • Sprung floors
  • State-of-the-art lighting, sound booth, and Internet-enabled audiovisual equipment

Students also have access on campus to practice studios, a technology lab, and a wellness center for dancers staffed by a physical therapist.

The Bay Area Dance Community  
Mills’ location in the San Francisco Bay Area gives you access to one of the most vibrant, diverse dance communities in the United States. The region is home to some 800 organizations dedicated to dance, including companies, schools, and theaters. Mills has had partnerships with a number of them, including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, AXIS Dance Company, and Luna Dance Institute. These connections enable you to engage with all aspects and styles of dance, from performance to promotion, ballet to bhangra.
What Can I Do with a Dance Degree from Mills?

Our dance alumnae include the late Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley, and Lori Belilove, renowned choreographers who have founded their own dance companies. In addition to independent dancers and choreographers, our alumnae include lawyers, software engineers, and other professionals. In recent years, graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

Java Developer
ALM Media

Pilates, Movement, and Anatomy Educator
Divine Proportion Pilates

Attorney at Law
Law Office of Jalila A. Bell, Esq.

Specialist/Audio Cataloger
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Founder, Artistic Director, and Teacher
Beauvais Ballet

Studio Manager
East Bay Dance Center

Teaching Artist
Luna Dance Institute

Artistic Director
Opal Street Dance Improvisational Theater