Contemporary Dance

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    Combine intensive practice and performance opportunities with a rigorous liberal arts education, studying in New York City with adventurous dancers, choreographers, and researchers. Beginning in Fall 2018, students can study dance as a major (BA, Contemporary Dance), as a minor, or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students majoring in The Arts (BA) can choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they study dance along with an additional liberal arts discipline.

    Lang’s Dance program offers an interdisciplinary experience focused on experimentation and recent developments in the field of dance. It also emphasizes research and experimentation while fostering a sense of social responsibility, encouraging students to consider dance as a way to think about the world. You’ll work across genres with outstanding guest professionals to develop choreographic material for performance, analyze dance traditions and practices from a variety of perspectives, and explore creative ways of engaging with the public through dance.

    The University and New York City

    Lang’s location in the world’s dance and experimental performance capital means that you’ll study alongside some of the nation’s most adventurous choreographers, dancers, and scholars, in venues such as New York Live Arts.

    Opportunities include

    • Attending performances with your professors at institutions including Danspace Project, Judson Memorial Church, The Kitchen, The Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, New York Live Arts, and PS1
    • Performing dances choreographed by artists-in-residence
    • Studying the relationship between dance and the visual arts in a course called Black Boxes and White Cubes, in partnership with the New Museum and its resident choreographers
    • Teaching dance to middle school students through Dance in Education: I Have a Dream Seminar and Practicum
    • Creating, learning, and performing dances in New York venues
    • Taking a wide range of courses in other parts of The New School, including Parsons School of Design and Mannes School of Music Extension Division

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    Career Paths

    Dance graduates are winning awards for their choreography, performing for important artists in the field, attending prestigious graduate schools, teaching, and consulting. They launch careers as arts administrators, choreographers, performers, and writers. They pursue advanced studies in choreography and performance, critical dance studies, performance studies, and fields such as critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and visual studies.