Master of Fine Arts in Dance
The master of fine arts in dance is designed to deepen students’ understanding and practice of dance as an embodied art form uniting creative, analytical, spiritual, and physical skills. By studying one-on-one with accomplished faculty from a diversity of backgrounds, 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, Mills Dance 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.
Besides the daily rigor and experimentation in the studio and classroom, graduate candidates have the opportunity to attend concerts in the community, take exciting master classes, apply to be student teachers, receive invaluable career advice, and build life-long contacts in the field. And because alumni 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.
- Master the technical, creative, and intellectual skills to be an innovative performer
- Master the technical, creative, and intellectual skills to be an innovative choreographer
- Master the creative and intellectual skills to contextualize dance socially, culturally, and historically
- Master the creative and intellectual skills needed to research, write, and discuss dance as a scholar
- Achieve the confidence and expertise for self-directed engagement in the field
Minimum of 45 semester course credits
|DNC 133||Applied Concepts in Kinesiology||2|
|DNC 157||Music and Dance||3|
|DNC 159||Stage Production||2|
|DNC 282||Group Choreography||2|
|DNC 285||Sources and Inventions||2|
|DNC 265||Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice||4|
|DNC 288||Critical Acts||4|
|Technique and Physical Practice 1|
|Select twelve semester course credits from the following:|
|DNC 111||Ballet Barre||1|
|DNC 101||Elementary Ballet||1|
|DNC 103||Intermediate Ballet||1|
|DNC 107||Dance Technique II||1|
|DNC 108||Dance Technique II||1|
|DNC 109||Dance Technique III||1|
|DNC 110||Movement Research||1|
|DNC 113||Somatic Arts||1|
|DNC 180||Special Topics in Dance||1-3|
|DNC 255A/255B||Repertory Dance Company||2|
|DNC 250A||Thesis: Research Project||2|
|DNC 250B||Thesis: Writing||2|
|DNC 250C||Thesis: Concert||2, 2|
|Select a total of 12 semester course credits from the following list with at least one course chosen from DNC 270 or above: 3|
|DNC 134||Dance Improvisation||1|
|DNC 176||Dance Cultures||4|
|DNC 179||Labanotation Studies||2|
|DNC 180||Special Topics in Dance||1-3|
|DNC 183||Advanced Seminar in Dance||3|
|DNC 243||Independent Project||2-4|
|DNC 253||Theory of Teaching Dance||3|
|DNC 254||Laboratory Teaching of Dance||2|
& DNC 255B
|Repertory Dance Company|
and Repertory Dance Company
|DNC 270||Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration||2-3|
|DNC 284||Choreography: Construction Project||2|
|DNC 286||Contemporary Choreography: Stylistic and Contextual Investigations||2-4|
|DNC 287||Live and Online||3|
|DNC 293||Contemporary Issues in Choreography||2-4|
|DNC 296||Digital Performance||2-3|
All students must maintain physical training commensurate with professional practice. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 semester course credits of technique over two years from the following list with a minimum of 1 semester course credit in DNC 103 Intermediate Ballet.
Students must participate each year in thesis concert pieces and other student choreographic projects to satisfy the performance requirement.
Electives or seminars in other departments with approval from dance faculty may also apply.
Also see the undergraduate courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog in which graduate students may enroll.