Dance: Additional Application Information

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In addition to the general graduate application requirements, here are a few more items you'll need to know to complete your Mills admission application.

Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.

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All dance students who apply to Mills are required to audition. We strongly encourage you to audition in person on the Mills campus. In-person auditions include an intermediate/advanced modern technique class, an information session, and an interview with Mills dance faculty. You’re invited to stay an additional day to tour campus, meet Mills students, sit in on classes, and experience the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact the Dance Department at 510.430.2175 or to learn about upcoming audition dates and to reserve your spot.

If you can’t make it to campus for a live audition, you'll need to prepare a digital video that clearly demonstrates your technical skill. Please focus on material covered in a modern technique class, including postural alignment, traveling steps, jumping, and floor work. The excerpt may be presented as a class setting or a performance setting. Upload your audition video in the portfolio section of the Mills graduate application. Please clearly label the file as an audition video, include a brief written description of who you are in the video, and make sure that you’re clearly visible and easily identifiable.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

As the final step in submitting your application materials, all dance students must upload a standard resume or curriculum vitae that includes the following information (as applicable):

  • Dance training—dates, names of teachers, names of schools or studios, and types of dance studied
  • Composition studies—courses, teachers, and dances you have choreographed outside of classwork
  • Performance experience—dates, roles, names of performances, etc.
  • Teaching experience—dates, names of schools/studios/camps, subjects taught, and age of students
  • Technical production skills—costume design, costume construction, stage management, lighting design, stage production skills, and audio and video experience
  • Administrative experience—organizing or producing shows, helping run a school, etc.

After submitting your online application, log in to your Check Your Application Status page and use the upload materials option to add your resume/CV to your application materials.

MFA in Dance Only

Dance Portfolio

As part of the admission application, you must upload a digital recording of up to two original choreographed works to the portfolio section of the Mills graduate application. The video should be unedited and run between 10 and 20 minutes. You may include a brief written synopsis of the work(s) to accompany your video.

MA in Dance Only

Writing Sample

In lieu of a dance portfolio, please submit a written composition on a topic related to dance studies. Upload your writing sample in the portfolio section of the Mills graduate application.

Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3309 or to connect with your admission counselor.

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