Mila Thigpen is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA), Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdM), and The Boston Conservatory (MFA) where she is also a faculty member. A “lively dancer” according to the Boston Globe, Thigpen has performed for choreographers Seán Curran, Germaul Barnes, Arthur Aviles, and Aszure Barton. A doctoral candidate in dance at Texas Woman’s University, Thigpen’s research emphasizes salsa at the intersection of Latinidad, Critical Race Theory, and mixed methodologies.



Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Conference | Duke University | 2020

Presenter: Ebonies In The Ivory Tower

Pass Over | Speakeasy Stage Company | 2019

Movement Coach

Running River | Parsonfield | 2019


Dance Studies Association| Northwestern University | 2019

Presenter: "Settling Ourselves”-Ecokinetic Approaches to Teaching Dance through Racialized Bodies

Summer Leadership Institute | Urban Bush Women | 2019


Quinto Mayor | Yamuleé Ladies Boston | 2019

Assistant Director|Dancer

Dance Studies Association| University of Malta | 2018

Presenter: Salsa Comes From The Streets

Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Conference | Duke University | 2018​


Aprende | Yamuleé Project Boston | 2018