Dance Resources on the Web

This guide is a compilation of websites pertaining to dance. For more information on dance resources, see the library’s Dance guide. Please direct all inquiries to


Sapphire Swan Dance Directory
This international dance directory is organized by dance style and includes links to international companies and web sites devoted to various types of dance.

Selected Internet Resources: Dance
Compiled by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Ballet discusses the world of ballet and dance focusing on the UK. Updated daily, this site collects dance reviews and displays dance related news from around the world. Also included is Magazine which often profiles dancers from the UK.
Created and maintained by a ballet dancer, this site is broken up into two main content sections: Studio to Stage and Encyclopedia. Studio to Stage contains articles on ballet including history, life as a ballet dancer, performing, and ballet technique. The encyclopedia includes entries on specific ballets and ballet dancers.

Ballet Alert
Administrators of this site include Robert Greskovic, dance critic with the Wall Street Journal; Mary Cargill, reference librarian at Columbia University; and Marc Haegeman, dance writer and photographer. On this site, you’ll find information about dancers, companies, and ballets.

An international directory of ballet companies organized by country.

Ballet on the net
Over 3,500 links to classical ballet and modern dance resources on the Internet. Topics covered include dance companies, schools, summer programs, news, people and organizations.

Health Resources

American Dance Therapy Association
Dance/Movement Therapists are graduates of masters degree programs that integrate dancers’ special knowledge of body, movement and expressive spirit with the healing skills of counseling, psychotherapy and rehabilitation. This web site lists upcoming conferences, publications, and professional contacts.

International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Their web site contains information about the society, a listing of society publications and selected links to dance medicine, dance science, dance education, and dance sites.

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) Online
Laban Movement Analysis provides a vocabulary and analytic framework for the description of human movement. This site describes the work of a Certified Movement Analyst, explains how to pursue this career, and lists upcoming conferences.

Special Collections

American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920
This collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d’Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner’s 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. The collection can be browsed by subject, author or title and searched by keyword. The majority of these materials are available to the user in their entirety.

Dance Heritage Coalition
Founded in 1992, the DHC was established to address problems identified by a field-wide study of the current state of preservation and documentation of American dance. The DHC provides member library contact information, links to archival finding aids and dance research instruction.

Dance Notation Bureau
The Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) notates and documents dance through a symbol system called Labanotation. Their web site explains notation basics, offers correspondence courses in Labanotation, suggests reading, and links to the DNB Library and their Notated Theatrical Dances Catalog.

SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions
“The SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions lists over 7,000 international institutions with material relating to the performing arts (theatre, opera, music, ballet, film, circus, radio, television, cabaret, pantomime). Not only basic information about the institution is provided, but also information about collections found within the institutions.”