Contemporary Dance has changed and shaped the dance landscape since its entrance onto the scene. Choreographic works are interdisciplinary conceived and artistic methods span the gaps between definitions and are developed in dialog with other artists and scientists.

New discourses, practices, and fields of study arise from this work, while dancers are being called on to be co-authors in the choreographic processes. Today, it is self-evident that contemporary dancers, besides owning a physical technique, also are aware of and can work with choreographic and dramaturgical methods and tools. The drive from dancers and choreographers for artistic research on corporeality and movement has clearly broadened the form-specific borders of training, research, performance and choreography. Because of this, in the professional realm, it is no longer relevant to speak of the the discrete distinctions between artistic and pedagogic dance practices; they have become forged into an inseparable amalgam.

Since the new conception of the pedagogic profile at the CCD and the naming of the university the "University for Music and Dance Cologne" in 2009, the CCD has constructed a decidedly contemporary profile. This has been accomplished in that the students are explicitly challenged to engage reflectively and critically with their physical, artistic, dissemination, and pedagogic practices. The fields of dance art, dance dissemination, and dance studies are through this critical reflection deliberately and inherently interwoven.