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Research guide for dance.
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Welcome to the FSU Libraries' guide to Dance research and resources. Use the tabs at the top to navigate through the resources. Please contact me with any questions or if you would like to suggest resources to be added to the guide. Enjoy!

Paloma Herrera in Swan Lake. Photo: MIRA (Source: American Ballet Theatre)


Call Numbers

Use the Library of Congress Classification Outline to browse for serendipitous discovery of books in your subject area. Here are the call number ranges for dance:

  • GV 1585 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • GV 1587 - Terminology, abbreviations, notation
  • GV 1587.5 - Directories
  • GV 1588 - Philosophy (and theory)
  • GV 1589- Study and teaching
  • GV 1590-GV 1594 - General works
  • GV 1595 - Special aspects of the subject as a whole
  • GV 1596 - Pictorial works
  • GV 1596.5 - Juvenile works
  • GV 1597 - Dancing as a profession
  • GV 1600 - Dance criticism, appreciation
  • GV 1645-GV 1728 - Dance history (and historical dance)
  • GV 1743 - National dances. Folk dances and dancing (General)
  • GV 1746-GV 1771 - Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
  • GV 1781-GV 1795 - Theatrical dancing (Biography: GV 1785)
  • GV 1796 - Special dances.
  • M 1450 - Dance music
  • M 1520 - M 1526 Ballets (full scores, piano scores, excerpts)
  • QM 1- QM 511 - General human anatomy 
  • QP 1 - QP 345 - General physiology
  • RC489.D3 & RJ505.D3 - Dance Therapy


Key Resources

  • Dance in Video
    Dance in Video contains dance productions and documentaries by many influential performers and companies of the 20th century, available online in streaming video. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as pioneers of modern concert dance.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Dance
    Covers all aspects of the diverse dance world from classical ballet to modern, from flamenco to hip-hop, from tap to South Asian dance forms and includes detailed entries on technical terms, steps, styles, works, and countries, in addition to many biographies of dancers, choreographers, and companies.
  • International Encyclopedia of Dance
    Online encyclopedia published by Oxford. With nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries, the Encyclopedia covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts
    IIPA draws its current content from more than 130 international performing arts periodicals from 9 countries, and also indexes feature performing arts articles and obituaries appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Indexing 1998 - present (plus 89,464 retrospective citations from 46 periodicals, dating back to 1864).
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
    International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text indexes over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries, with many available in full text.

Citation Guide

Subject Headings

Here are a few subject headings you can use to search the catalog for books and journals about dance.

Art and dance

Dance – Philosophy

Dance -- Religious aspects

Dance -- Study and teaching

Modern dance -- Study and teaching (Higher) – Methodology

Body language

Performing arts

Dance -- Sociological aspects

Modern dance

Choreography – Philosophy

Movement (Philosophy)

Movement, Aesthetics of

Dance – History


Dance -- Anthropological aspects

Human beings -- Attitude and movement

Dance -- Study and teaching – Periodicals

Religious dance -- History



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