Faculty

Mila Thigpen

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Chair of Dance

Mila Thigpen joined the Conservatory in 2014, is an instructor of salsa, introduction to dance, dance and popular culture, and freshman seminar, and serves as chair of dance. 

Dubbed a “lively" dancer by the Boston Globe, Thigpen has performed in the classical works Soaring by Doris Humphrey and Esplanade by Paul Taylor, as well as contemporary works by Seán Curran, Germaul Barnes, Arthur Aviles, and Aszure Barton. She toured with ANIKAI Dance Company throughout India, where she performed and taught in theaters and villages. She was also a founding company member of KAIROS Dance Theater. In addition, Thigpen has performed with MetaMovements at the Boston Salsa Congress, Connecticut Salsa Festival, and the New York Salsa Congress. 

Thigpen's choreography has been presented in the Boston Globe's "Ten’s the Limit" modern dance showcase, as well as at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference. A recipient of a Fulbright initiative, Thigpen led a Dutch/U.S. high-school exchange between Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the Helen Parkhurst School in Almere, Netherlands, in 2009. In 2011, she was commissioned to choreograph an original work for Salsa Chévere Dance Company in Cuba. 

Thigpen earned a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. from Boston Conservatory, and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an alumna of the Jacob’s Pillow choreographer’s lab and UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program. Thigpen has served as a lecturer in dance at Tufts University, dance faculty for Boston Ballet, and artistic director of AileyCamp Boston. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in dance at Texas Woman’s University.