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Dance History: Web Resources

Research guide to help locate resources for dance history


  • Alvin Ailey Dance Company
  • Congress on Research in Dance
    A nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for dance professionals from a broad range of specialties to exchange ideas, resources, and methodologies through publication, international and regional conferences, and workshops.
  • Open Directory: Dance
    A directory of dance links to organizations, resources, and topics ranging from ballet to tribal fusion.
  • Society for Dance History Scholars
    Advances the field of dance studies through research, publication, performance, and outreach to audiences across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Cyberdance
    Links to classical ballet and modern dance resources on the Internet.
  • Dance Notation Bureau Homepage
    The long anticipated online catalog is now available to all patrons to view and search scores from the Dance Notation Bureau for educational, research, and performance purposes. This online catalog records extensive information covering notation, casting, production, music, media, archival, and permission and fee information.
  • Dance Research Resources
    Database of finding aids for archival dance collections including materials at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum organized by the Dance Heritage Coalition.
  • Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library
    The largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance.
  • Performing Arts in America 1875-1923
    Performing Arts in America 1875 -1923, a web site of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, captures a glimpse of this world. With visual and audio images drawn from the extensive archival collections at The Library, the site features an authentic look at this past, from the Broadway theater and Tin Pan Alley to the art of dancer Loie Fuller and composer Charles Griffes, all brought to you in original documents.

Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials

The Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials is produced by the Dance Heritage Coalition. It clarifies what librarians and scholars working with dance-related materials currently regard as a reasonable application of the fair use doctrine in copyright.