• Overview

    Part of the interdisciplinary arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, the Dance concentration 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. Learn more about the Dance program.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Note: Arts majors can enroll in any minor of their choice, including an Arts minor in a discipline different from the one already being studied in their major.

    This page outlines requirements for the Dance minor. Students can also study this subject as a concentration (BA, The Arts) or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Arts majors can also choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they study dance along with a liberal arts discipline. Many courses in the Dance curriculum are suitable for students with any degree of previous experience, and the participation of nonmajors is encouraged.


    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:

    • Foundations in Dance Studies - 4 credits
    • Three LDAN Studio Courses (movement practice and/or choreographic research and/or repertory, including 1-credit and 2-credit courses) - 3 credits minimum
    • 12 credits in liberal arts courses from the Dance area of study (including all LDAN seminars and specified LINA courses) - 12 credits

    Requirements Worksheet

    Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the director of the program. Students pursuing the Dance minor are encouraged to download the Arts Program Requirements worksheet, found here, to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill minor requirements.

    Arts in Context

    Students interested in studying dance can also choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they combine the study of dance with 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 Social Inquiry) 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 pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.