|Title:||Interim Department Chair / Interim Administrative Coordinator, Dance / Head of Dance
Education / Professor
|Department:||Theatre and Dance
Department of Theatre and Dance
Stephanie Milling is the Interim Department Chair and Undergraduate Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina, as well as the Interim Administrative Coordinator of the Dance Program and the Head of Dance Education. Originally from Texas, Dr. Milling left home at fourteen to attend the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts and graduated with honors in dance. Dr. Milling also completed her pre-professional training at prestigious programs such as the Boston Ballet School, the Houston Ballet Academy, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada. Milling’s training enabled her to perform a varied repertoire with ballet and modern dance companies such as the Dayton Ballet, Berkshire Ballet, Tressor Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and the Von Howard Project. She also has performed and assumed the role of dance captain for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Los Angeles, CA., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Since her performing career, Dr. Milling has taught in a wide variety of artistic and educational environments, including company classes for Dallas Black Dance Theatre I and II, several public schools within the New York City Department of Education, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. She also served in the capacity of Assistant Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Milling helped author the 2010 and 2017 South Carolina Standards for Dance Education and edited the Curriculum Support Document that accompanied the 2010 standards. In 2014, she participated as a reviewer of the National Dance Education Standards for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, and she regularly reviews scholarship applications for the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship awarded by the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Milling is an active arts advocate in the state and nation and received the South Carolina Dance Association’s Advocacy Award in 2012 and currently serves as the Advocacy Director for the National Dance Education Organization. In 2012, she was elected to serve as a Board Member for the South Carolina Arts Alliance and currently occupies the role of 1st vice president for the organization. In 2013, she was elected to serve a three-year term on the Arts Education Council at Americans for the Arts where she regularly wrote for ARTSblog on topics relating to Arts Education and Advocacy. Her service in the field of dance has included serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Movement Arts Literacy and Dance Education in Practice, the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Dance Festival, South Carolina Dance Association, and the South Carolina Dance Education Organization. She has served on grant review panels for the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Arts, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and she has written and received grants to support her own artistic work as well as the work of the South Carolina Dance Association. In 2012 she received a grant from Winthrop University to restage Partita V op. 1 in G Major by Doris Humphrey from a Labanotation score and recently interpreted the Labanotation to restage Falling off the Back Porch by Clay Taliaferro on the USC Dance Company.
Dr. Milling’s creative and scholarly work revolves around the intersections of Women’s Studies and Dance, assessment, advocacy, and pedagogy. Her work has appeared in venues such as the Joyce Soho in New York City, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., Piccolo Spoleto, the annual conference for the National Dance Education Organization, and the Journal of Dance Education, Dance Education in Practice, and other national and international publications. Dr. Milling holds a Ph.D. in Dance and M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, an M.A in Dance Education from New York University, and a B.A. in French from Texas Christian University.