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Find information about dance and dance research.


      Most books on Dance topics are shelved in Parsons Music Library,

located in the Modlin Center for the Arts

Finding Dance Books at Parsons Music Library

OneSearch is the way to find books (print and electronic) in the library's collections.  Click here to access OneSearch and then try one of these options:

  • For books about particular dancers or choreographers, enter the person's name in the search box and click "Books & More (Catalog)" in the dropdown.  You can also just enter DANCERS BIOGRAPHY or CHOREOGRAPHERS BIOGRAPHY.
  • For books about a specific dance genre, enter your genre term in the search box and click "Books & More (Catalog)" in the dropdown.  Some terms, like BALLET, are fine by themselves, but others may need to include the word "dance" (ex: JAZZ DANCE, MODERN DANCE) or "dancing" (ex: TAP DANCING, BALLROOM DANCING, BREAK DANCING).
  • For books about dance in a particular country, enter the word DANCE followed by the country's name (ex: DANCE INDIA).  Look through the filters on the left side of the screen, and select anything that looks like it might give you more focused results.

Library Call Numbers for Dance (PARSONS MUSIC LIBRARY)

GV1587 - Terminology, Abbreviations, Notation
- Philosophy and Theory
GV1589 - 
Study and Teaching
- General Works
- Pictorial Works
- Dancing as a Profession
GV1600 -
Criticism and Appreciation
- History
GV1743 - National Dances. Folk dances and dancing
GV1751-1753.5 - Social Dancing. Ballroom Dancing
GV1763 - Square Dances. Quadrilles. Country Dances.
GV1781 - Theatrical dancing (including Broadway)
GV1783 - Modern Dance
GV1785-1786 - Biography
GV1787 - Ballet
GV1794 - Tap
GV1799 - Dance for children
M1450 - Dance Music (scores and DVDs)
M1520-1526 - Ballet music (scores and DVDs)
ML3400-3465 - Studies of dance music (books)
RM1450 - Dance Music (CDs)
RM1520-1526 - Ballet music (CDs)


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