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Dance: Research

On this page, you'll find top resources for dance research.
There are many more valuable resources available, so don't stop here!
If you can't find material for your topic, ask a librarian for help.

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General Resources

Research Databases

These library databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most focus on a specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. Choose a database, then search for keywords such as genres, techniques, names of people, and more.


If you don't have a particular topic in mind, browsing books is a great way to get inspired!

Search the catalog by subject...

Ballet dancers
Ballet > History
Dance > History
Dance notation
Dance therapy
Modern dance

Or browse the shelves by call number:

Cal number Topic
GV 1587 Dance notation
GV 1589 Dance education
GV 1600–1619 Dance by historical period
GV1620–1728 Dance by geographical region
GV 1785 Biographies
GV 1787 Ballet
M 1520–1526 Ballet music (scores)
ML 3400–3465 History/criticism of dance music
RC Dance therapy


Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more. They often provide a short overview of a topic, then point to more resources for further research.


Books in the Allen Library (selections)

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