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Contemporary Dance, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Contemporary Dance program of The New School combines intensive contemporary dance practice and performance opportunities with a rigorous liberal arts education, studying in New York City with adventurous dancers, choreographers, and researchers.
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The Contemporary Dance program of The New School offers an interdisciplinary experience focused on experimentation and recent developments in the field of dance. It emphasizes research and experimentation while fostering a sense of social responsibility, encouraging you to consider dance as a way to think about the world.

Contemporary Dance students 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. You consider diverse understandings of the body and virtuosity and explore issues of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. At Lang, dancing is not merely supplemental to your academic work; rather, it is engaged as a mode of research, a vehicle for experience, and a source of embodied knowledge.

Our curriculum incorporates multiple academic disciplines and enables you to study dance in relation to other fields such as history, anthropology, psychology, politics, and environmental studies. You also have the opportunity to take courses in other parts of The New School, including Parsons School of Design and the College of Performing Arts.

Career Paths

Contemporary Dance graduates go on to launch successful careers as award-winning performers and choreographers, arts administrators, educators, 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practices
  • Lang at Judson Church
  • Performance and Meaning Making
  • Contemporary Dance Practices A
  • Introduction to Ballet Practices
  • Ballet Practices

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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