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Joseph Mills, originally from Shipman, Illinois, discovered dance through the visual arts and a passionate curiosity for gymnastics. In 1982, he earned a BFA in visual arts with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing from Southern Illinois University, where he also began studying dance with Alcine Wiltz.  From 1981-87, he performed and choreographed with the Mid America Dance Company in St. Louis, touring throughout the central United States.  He began teaching for MADCO in 1984, and participated in the development of several educational programs and performances.  In 1987, Mills joined, and became a principle dancer with MOMIX Dance Theater. During his tenure with MOMIX, Joseph collaborated on several choreographic projects with Director, Moses Pendleton.  Joseph toured extensively with MOMIX, throughout the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. From 1989 to 1991, Joseph toured and performed his own choreography throughout Italy in addition to professional engagements with other companies. Joseph joined the Erick Hawkins Dance Company as a principle dancer, and worked with the company from 1990-94. In his last year with the company, Joseph worked closely with Mr. Hawkins as Choreographic Associate on a commissioned dance, Many Thanks.  In 1998 he received his doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia with the completion of his dissertation, The Fungus Among Us: Considering Pilobolus Dance Theater From Multiple PerspectivesIn 1995, Joseph joined the full-time faculty of the Department of Theater & Dance at George Washington University, in Washington D.C.  At GW, Joseph participated in the 1st through the 5th Washington D.C. International Dance Improvisation Festival, performing in several concert and site-specific performances.  Joseph joined the faculty of the Dance Program at Northwestern University in January of 2001, and served as the Program Director from 2002-08.  Mills has been active as a guest artist, choreographing and performing in Norway, Brazil, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.  Mills/works, an evening of works by and for Mills, was presented at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and he has been a guest artist with Wellspring Dance Company in Michigan, The Erick Hawkins Dance Company in New York, and now with former Hawkins colleague Catherine Tharin.  In 2009 Joseph completed the certificate in Laban Movement Studies and is now a Certified Movement Analyst.  Joseph joined the faculty of Queens College-City University of New York in the Fall of 2008 and is enjoying his return to the New York Performance and Choreography scene and his work and performances can be seen at numerous venues throughout the New York area.

 
 

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