Contemporary Dance


  • Overview

    Part of the interdisciplinary arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, the Contemporary Dance program offers a unique undergraduate curriculum centered on recent developments in the field, combining intensive practice and performance opportunities with a rigorous liberal arts education. The curriculum emphasizes research and experimentation, while fostering a sense of social responsibility.

    Studying Dance at Lang is not just about learning the history of the discipline or training to become a performer or choreographer; it also involves looking to dance in order to think about the world. Dialogue takes place across artistic genres and students are encouraged to think about dance in social, historical, and cultural contexts through a variety of disciplinary lenses. Students learn to think critically about their art, and they graduate with skills that enable them to explore, research, and engage in thoughtful discourse about whatever discipline they choose to pursue, whether dance or a related field. Many courses in the Dance curriculum are suitable for students with any degree of previous experience, and the participation of nonmajors is encouraged.

    This page outlines requirements for the Contemporary Dance minor. Students can also study this subject as a major (BA, Contemporary Dance) or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students who major in The Arts (BA, The Arts) can choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they can study dance along with a liberal arts discipline.


    Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School. Note: Students majoring in The Arts (BA, The Arts) can enroll in any minor of their choice, as long as it is in a discipline that is different.


    Requirements for the Dance Minor

    The Dance minor is designed to introduce various approaches to dance research, including embodied practice and academic study of theory and history. The minor in Dance requires a minimum of 19 credits in the following courses:

    • LDAN 2018: Foundations in Dance (4 credits)
    • 3 LDAN Studio courses (3 credits minimum). Choose from approved courses in movement practice and/or Choreographic Research and/or performance.
    • 12 credits in liberal arts courses from the Dance area of study. Choose from liberal arts courses in the Dance area of study, including all LDAN seminars and specified LINA courses.

    Requirements Worksheet

    Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill minor requirements. Only specific courses satisfy the minor requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students should track their progress using the program requirement worksheet for the year in which they declared their minor in Contemporary Dance:

    Arts in Context (BA, The Arts)

    Students interested in dance who major in The Arts can choose the Arts in Context concentration (BA, The Arts), in which they combine the study of dance with the study of a liberal arts discipline. For example, students can study dance criticism and journalism by taking courses through Literary Studies and Writing. Other majors and minors (such as Psychology, Urban Studies, and Culture and Media) also provide wider contexts for dance studies. See the Arts in Context pages for further information about this option.

    Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts can minor in Contemporary Dance or simply take individual classes in Dance as part of their self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.