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Today we’d like to introduce you to Mila Thigpen.

Mila, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My dance story has humble beginnings in the Midwest. I vacillated in and out of studio classes in my hometown. Dancing always beckoned me back to the studio. I spent a college semester abroad in Northeast Brazil learning more about my host culture through Candomblé dances. Eventually, I moved to Boston to pursue my MFA degree at The Boston Conservatory. It is a surreal honor that I am currently serving as the dance division interim chair of my alma mater.

Dance has taken me many places and afforded me wonderful opportunities. I toured India. I was a guest choreographer in Cuba. I have performed at the Joyce Theater in New York, been a guest teacher in Dubai, showcased my work at the Bronx Blaktina Dance Festival, and completed a cultural exchange with a Netherlands High School through a Fulbright Initiative. Dance has the power to change lives. I have witnessed this both domestically and abroad.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I wear many hats in the world of dance. I am a dancer, choreographer, pedagogue, scholar, and administrator. My hope for all the work that I do is that dance connects people to each other and to themselves. Dance can be used for community building and deepening mutual understanding. Dance can be a conduit for introspection and healing. I found so much joy in dance, and I want to share that joy with others.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Take a holistic approach to your health. Give attention to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit. Make time for your artistic practice. Guard this time for yourself like a newborn baby.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Now that I am working on my doctoral degree, my art and creativity are taking shape in different forms of expression. I developed Day Sessions Dance, a summer program for 12-14-year-old. There’s still space available. More info can be found https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/day-sessions-dance

As a scholar, I am presenting some of my dissertation research at the Dance Studies Association conference in July. As an artist citizen, I am collaborating with the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy on several projects that engage the arts in social impact and equity. As a dancer, I’ll be performing in New York in the fall.

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Image Credit:
Robert Torres, Matt Karas, Liza Voll, John Brewer.

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