This guide is a group of library and web resources in the subject dance. In addition to print resources and databases, searches can be limited to audio and visual materials in the library catalog. This can either be done by using the “Audio Visual” facet after the initial search or advanced searches can be limited by material type “Audio Visual”. Search also separate catalogs for these special library collections where dance is also included:

You will discover documentaries, tutorials and some performances. Remember, too, that there are embedded instances of dance within musicals, operas, and many films. See also the library’s Dance Resources on the Internet Guide. Please direct all inquiries to

Subject search terms

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Choreographers
  • Dance
  • Dance Criticism
  • Dance — History
  • Dance — History — 20th Century
  • Dance Music — History And Criticism
  • Dance Notation
  • Dance — Production And Direction
  • Dancers
  • Folk dancing
  • Gender identity in dance
  • Hip-hop dance
  • Human mechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Modern Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Square dancing
  • Tap dancing
  • Waltz


FRANCIS (international humanities and social sciences).

Google scholar

Grove music online

Humanities full text (H.W. Wilson)

Internet archive


The music index

Oxford music online

ProQuest dissertations & theses (PQDT)

RILM abstracts of music literature (Online)


Rap and Hip Hop Resources
Compiled by Andrew Leach, Librarian and archivist at the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chiago

RoJaRo (Rock, Jazz, Roots)
Search through popular magazines, fanzines, and record label sites for information on rock, jazz, roots, blues, country, latin, reggae, ska–the realm of contemporary music, artists and labels at large.


The American dancer

Dance (New York, N.Y. : 1945)

Dance (New York, N.Y. : 1942)

Dance magazine (New York, N.Y. : 1942)

Dance magazine (New York, N.Y. : 1948)

Dance news.

Dance perspectives.

Dance scope.

Reference works

Additional Author: Selma Jeanne Cohen; George E Dorris; Dance Perspectives Foundation.
Available at Reference (GV1585 .I586 1998 )

Author: Craine, Debra.
Additional Author: Judith Mackrell; Oxford University Press.
Description: Searchable database of information on the world of dance, covering dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations. There is information on classical ballet, Spanish flamenco, Indian Bharata Natyam, Japanese Butoh, and jazz.

Author: Craine, Debra.
Additional Author: Judith Mackrell
Available at Reference Collection (GV1585 .C78 2000 )