Students can study Dance as a concentration (Arts majors), a minor (non-Liberal Arts majors), or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors). Arts majors can also choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they study dance along with a liberal arts discipline.
Part of the Arts program 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 rigorous liberal arts education.
In contrast to the conservatory model, in which dance students spend most of their time in the studio, the curriculum at Lang explores dance in a liberal arts framework and through varied modes of analysis —verbal, textual, and physical. 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. This approach encourages aspiring dancers and choreographers to think about their role in society and to consider multiple ways of engaging the public through dance.
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. Students learn to think critically with and 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.
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 dance onstage. Students attend a variety of theater events, dance performances, concerts, lectures, films, and museum exhibitions and enjoy access to the New York City performing arts libraries. Lang Dance faculty and guest artists are active professionals in New York City and serve as a valuable resource for students as they make the transition into the professional world as performers, choreographers, company directors, teachers, dance historians, theorists, and critics.