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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.

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Interlibrary Loan

Try expanding your search beyond the UR Libraries, using First Search.  If you need a book that isn't owned by the UR Libraries, you might try requesting a copy on Interlibrary Loan.  Instructions for placing a request are available here

Finding Dance Books at Parsons Music Library

First, select "Subject Heading Browse" in the "All Fields" box on the catalog's SEARCH screen.  Then try one of these options:

  • For books about particular dancers or choreographers, enter the person's name (last name, first name) in the search box.  You can also just enter DANCERS BIOGRAPHY or CHOREOGRAPHERS BIOGRAPHY
  • For books about a specific dance genre, just enter your genre term.  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).  Scan the results list for terms like BIBLIOGRAPHY or CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION.  These will most likely give you the best result.
  • If you're really stuck, just enter the word DANCE and scroll through the list of subject headings to see if any work for you.

Library Call Numbers for Dance (all located at 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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