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Books and DVD's about dance can be found in the academic library under the Dewey Decimal call number range of 792.7-793.33.

Books are found in the nonfiction section and DVDs can be found in the DVD section.

For example, the book—

Rebel on Pointe: a Memoir of Ballet & Broadway, written by Lee Wilson has the call number:


which means:

792.8028   <-- Ballet dancers

092   <-- A biography

W557   <-- About and by Wilson, Lee

If you know the general subject you're interested in, follow the guides on the ends of the shelves to navigate the numbering system. If you know the specific title but not the call number, search ICACAT. If you need help at any time, don't hesitate to ask or email

Some Noted Dance Books in the Collection


Australia Dancing "The Australia Dancing portal, hosted by the National Library of Australia, provides users with access to both current and historical information about dance in Australia."

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Dance Collection of dance and performing links.

Sapphire Swan Dance Directory “The goal of the Sapphire Swan Dance Directory is to provide links to the best dance resources available on the Web.”

Voice of the Shuttle: Dance Resources  A portal of dance resources.


An American Ballroom Companion (Library of Congress) A collection of over two hundred social dance instruction manuals, ca. 1490-1920. Video clips that illustrate the dances are at   

Jacob’s Pillow Interactive "Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive is an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today."

Katherine Dunham Dance Collection (Library of Congress) “This collection consists of moving image materials that document the extraordinary journey of a woman who changed the face of American modern dance.” 

New York Public Library: Jerome Robbins Dance Division “The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library is the largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance. Chronicling the art of dance in all its manifestations—ballet, ethnic, modern, social, and folk—the division is much more than a library in the usual sense of the word.”​

The New York Times—Dance News and reviews on recitals, Broadway shows, choreography, and other aspects of dance in New York as well as around the world.

New Yorker—Dance Archives of articles on dance. Remember we have back issues of the print New Yorker if you would like to see the article in print. ​

Numeridanse is a free online dance video library, bringing together thousands of hours of videos, the collections of national and international artists, teaching aids and thousands of written resources to promote an understanding of dance and its history. Managed by a community of dance professionals, it is supported and coordinated by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon.

Ubu Web Dance UbuWeb Dance is presented in partnership with and is largely curated by Contemporary Dance Videos Database .

Specialized Sites

American Ballet Theatre's Online Ballet Dictionary Defines ballet terms and forms; many items are accompanied by pictures and videos of ABT dancers demonstrating the various positions and movements.


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