Joseph Mills

BFA, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, MEd and EdD, Temple University. Joseph has served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at The George Washington University, Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program at Northwestern University and Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College-CUNY. For the last 32 years, he has also been a performer and choreographer. In 1981, Joseph joined the Mid American Dance Company MADCO (now Modern American Dance Company) and toured throughout the Midwest. From 1987 to1994, Joseph had overlapping tenures with MOMIX and the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, both of which toured nationally and internationally. He has also performed as a guest artist with many other dance companies. His own choreographic work seeks to blend his interests in athleticism and audience accessibility with the poetic sensibilities, influenced by his mentor, Erick Hawkins. Joseph is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) with a particular interest in somatic studies and holistic approaches to understanding the body in dance education. SLC, 2014-

Current graduate courses

Movement Observation II


This course is an introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) with a primary focus on dance/movement therapy. The class is the second in a series of three on movement observation and assessment skills, and is designed to familiarize the student with the Laban concepts and principles for the observation and description of movement, integrating other relevant perspectives for understanding human movement. Students will learn to embody and observe foundational components of physical action by exploring concepts in the categories of Body, Effort, Space and Shape. LMA provides insight into one’s personal movement preferences and increases awareness of what and how movement communicates and expresses. In addition, through readings, movement experimentation and discussion, students will explore the principles of the Bartenieff Fundamentals, which involve concepts such as movement initiation and sequencing, connectivity, weight transference, spatial intent, effort intent and breath support. These fundamental ideas, when present in movement, develop dynamic alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, mobility, kinesthetic awareness, expression, and help facilitate relationship.


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