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This web site is a starting point for researching dance at the Dulaney-Browne Library. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. However, the site is intended to help students understand the various dance sources available and how to begin research on dance topics. All print sources can be found at the Dulaney-Browne Library unless otherwise stated. The information presented here is intended for college students, who are new to library research or new to the dance subject matter.

Subject Headings

Monographs (books) can be located using the Library Discovery Search. Following are some examples of subject headings for researching dance topics:

Journal Titles & Indexes (Electronic & Print)

Journals that are accessible via the Internet are listed under the database they are indexed by, while journals that are available in print only are listed separately. Databases that do not have an associated list of journals contain dance articles but are not limited to dance only. This is not a comprehensive list. You may need your OCU email username and password to access electronic resources.

SEARCH EBSCOhost Databases listed below


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a good place to start your research because they can give you a broad overview of the subject as well as terminology to use in subject searches.

  • R 792.803 C846o. Craine, Debra. The Oxford dictionary of dance. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • R 792.80321 K818c2. Koegler, Horst. The concise Oxford dictionary of ballet. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. (13031) (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • R 927.933 C66b. Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara Naomi. Biographical dictionary of dance. New York: Schirmer Books, 1982. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • R 793.3 C559d. Chujoy, Anatole. The dance encyclopedia. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1949. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • R 792.6203 In8. International encyclopedia of dance: a project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • R 792.803 In83b. International dictionary of modern dance. Detroit, MI : St. James Press, 1998. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)



Below are several general titles on dance. Once you find books on your topic it is useful to browse the shelves in the same call number range.


  • 792.8 F737d. Fonteyn, Margot. A dancer’s world : an introduction for parents and students. New York: Knopf, 1979.
  • 793.32 J15d 1981. Jacob, Ellen. Dancing: a guide for the dancer you can be. Reading: Addison-Wesley, 1981.
  • 793.32 J15d2 1998. Jacob, Ellen. Dancing : the indispensable reference. Southport: Variety Arts, 1998.
  • 792.8 B450f 2005. Berardi, Gigi M. Finding balance: fitness, training, and health for a lifetime in dance. New York: Rutledge, 2005.
  • R 792.8 B171c 1977. Balanchine, George. Balanchine’s Complete stories of the great ballets. New York: Doubleday, 1977. (Library Use Only – Reference Collection)
  • 792.026 K415h. Kent Harrison, Mary. How to dress dancers: costuming techniques for dance. Princeton: Princeton Book Co., 1988.
  • 792.82 An23c. Anderson, Jack. Choreography Observed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1987.
  • 792.809747 C871w 2000. Croce, Arlene. Writing in the Dark, Dancing in The New Yorker. Gainesville: University Press of Floriday, 2000.
  • 793.301 L761c2 2007. Chazin-Bennahum, Judith. The Living Dance: An Anthology of Essays on Movement and Culture. 2nd ed. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt, 2007.
  • 792.82092 F794b 1996. Beddow, Margery. Bob Fosse's Broadway. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1996.
  • 792.82092 G564s 2008. Goldbery, Jame. Shoot Me While I'm Happy: Memories from the Tap Goddess of the Lower East Side. New York: Woodshed Productions, 2008.
  • 792.8 R227g 2008. Gottlieb, Robert. Reading Dance: A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.
  • 792.8071073 H195p. Hanna, Judith Lynne. Partnering Dance and Education: Intelligent Moves for Changing Times. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 1999.

Internet Sources


  • A-V 793.31973 Am35 2003. America Dances! 1897-1948 A Collector’s Edition of Social Dance in Film.
  • DVD 792.8 An86 2004. Mary Anthony A Life in Modern Dance.
  • DVD 792.809 M361. Martha Graham in Performance.
  • DVD 793.32 G567is 2006. Isadora Duncan Movement from the Soul.
  • VHS 792.78 C166. Cantata and the Blues.
  • VHS 792.8 SL25a. The Australian Ballet: the sleeping beauty.
  • VHS 792.809 B456e 1995 v. 1 & 2 Early Dance Part 1. - From the Greeks to the Renaissance. Part 2. - The Baroque Era.
  • DVD 793.31973 D271d 2002 The Dancing Man: Peg Leg Bates
  • DVD 793.31973 Et74s 1995 Irish and Scottish Dance
  • DVD 793.3 J339 2006 Jazz Changes Part 1 & 2
  • DVD 792.80973 H749h 2008 History of Modern Dance
  • DVD 792.8028092 F434d 2005 The Dancer
  • DVD 792.8 B388v 2003 The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet
  • DVD 792.8 B493 2004 Bill T. Jones - Dancing to the Promised Land
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