Contemporary Dance

Built on the foundation of classical tradition, our contemporary dance program embraces what is current and innovative in the field, helping you to become a multifaceted and empowered artist with a unique individual voice.

Degrees Offered


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance

Four-Year Program
Program Description

Named a “Top 10” program for dance in the U.S. (Backstage, 2018, 2017) and "widely considered the top contemporary program in the U.S." (Backstage, 2016)

Your Department

The Conservatory Advantage

Guest Artists Per Year
Mainstage Performances
Movement-Based Electives

Faculty Spotlight

Q&A with Danny Pelzig

Faculty member Danny Pelzig knows that in the performing arts, versatility is key. He has made a career out of performing, directing, and choreographing at the highest level in theater, ballet, opera, and on the concert stage. Pelzig discusses his career, his journey back to Boston and the Conservatory, and his teaching philosophy.

Danny Pelzig Professor of Dance, Contemporary Dance

Alumni Spotlight

Alumna Lilian Balch

Q&A with Lilian Balch

Dance alumna Lilian Balch (B.F.A. '15, contemporary dance) has been a member of the Shen Wei Dance Arts company in New York City since graduating in 2015. Read about her journey as a professional dancer.

Lilian Balch Class of 2015 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance