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Historic Mills dance department fights against cuts

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The Mills College Dance department is another department that is under fire due to proposed cuts. The Dance major, the first modern dance major offered in the U.S. in 1938. The dance major is proposed to be phased out over the next few years.

Dance students across campus are fighting to keep their major. Check out their tumblr page here.


Petition to keep the Dance major can now be found here. Below is an excerpt from the petition’s page.

“The Mills Dance Major advances dance as a form of critical thinking and practice beneficial to undergraduates, graduate students, alumni and the broader community. To this effect, what the Mills Dance Major has long equipped dancers to be and do aligns entirely with desires laid out by the college’s mission statement as the Dance Major educates dancers to “think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global multi-cultural society.” It is with a fierce love of dance and an understanding of its place in higher education then that we present this petition. We ask Mills College to not simply recognize but actively support dance as a field that enables critical thinking and and thoughtful change at the level of embodied practice, through a decision to retain the Dance Department’s Dance Major.”


If you or anyone would like to talk to The Campanil, do not hesitate to email or come to our open meeting tonight 5:30-7 p.m. in Rothwell 157.

**There will be a longer story about the dance department coming out this week.