New Dance Moves

Lewis & Clark’s dance program is on the move!

Tiffany Mills Dance Company in New York City Tiffany Mills Dance Company in New York City
Credit: Robert Altman

Lewis & Clark’s dance program is on the move! Choreographer Tiffany Mills has been hired as the new director of dance. She officially stepped into the role this spring, ready to lead the program into its next chapter, which includes a new theatre department concentration in dance.

Mills, choreographer and artistic director of the New York–based Tiffany Mills Company, is already familiar with the strengths of the department and its students. Over the last two decades, Mills has been commissioned to create hybrid work for multiple colleges, universities, and dance companies, and has engaged with L&C students as a guest artist twice.

Known for her hybrid work that brings together dance and other genres of performance, Mills has enjoyed significant national and international recognition from audiences, press, presenters, and funders. She will continue as artistic director of the Tiffany Mills Company, relying, in part, on an innovation enabled by the COVID-19 pandemic: the ability to attend rehearsals virtually. There are also plans in the works for her company to do a residency next April, teaching classes and performing with students.

“This is a really exciting time for theatre and dance at Lewis & Clark,” says Rebecca Lingafelter, associate professor of theatre and department chair. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a dance concentration for the theatre major and to have an artist of Mills’s caliber to build on the exceptional work of her predecessor, Susan Davis, and our dedicated faculty.”