Dance at Lang
Situated in the Arts major at Eugene Lang College, the Dance program offers a unique undergraduate dance curriculum centered on recent developments in the field, combining intensive practice and performance opportunities with a rigorous liberal arts education.
Contrary to the conservatory model, where dance students spend a majority of their time in studios, students at Lang explore dance in a liberal arts framework, and through varied modes of analysis —verbal, textual, and physical. Conversation is fostered across artistic genres and students are encouraged to think about dance in social, historical, and cultural contexts, through a variety of disciplinary lenses. This approach stimulates aspiring dancers and choreographers to think about their roles in society, and to consider multiple ways of engaging a public through dance.
The curriculum emphasizes research and experimentation, while fostering a sense of social responsibility without being didactic about what that might mean. Studying dance at Lang is not only about learning the history of one’s discipline, or training to become a performer or choreographer (although one certainly can do these with a high level of sophistication); it also involves looking to dance in order to think about the world. Students learn to think critically with and about their art, and they graduate with the skills necessary to explore, research, and engage in thoughtful discourse about whatever discipline they choose to pursue, be it dance or a related field.
Lang’s location in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village presents unsurpassed opportunities for undergraduates studying dance, affording access to some of the nation’s most adventurous artists, scholars, and institutions, who are questioning what it means to put a dance on stage. Students attend a variety of theater events, dance performances, concerts, lectures, films, and museum exhibitions and gain access to the NYC performing arts libraries. Lang dance faculty and guest artists are active professionals in New York City and are a valuable resource for the transition that students make into the professional world as performers, choreographers, company directors, teachers, dance historians, theorists, or critics.