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Dance: reference sources

A selective list of reference sources on dance. The shelfmark of each item is given at the end of the citation. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access; other items are available in the Humanities Reading Room. A fuller version of this guide is available for consultation in printed form at the Humanities 1 Enquiry Desk. 

Some dance material is kept with the Music Collections and must be consulted in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room.The Listening and Viewing Service of the Sound Archive provides access to a variety of dance materials including recordings of dance music and talks and interviews broadcast on the radio. Much relevant material will also be found in Explore the British Library and the Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

There is a separate list of performing arts websites.

CataloguesIndexes to serials



La Baume Le Blanc, Louis César de Duke de la Vallière, Ballets, opera, et autres ouvrages lyriques, par ordre chronologique depuis leur origine; avec une table alphabétique des ouvrages et des auteurs. [A facsimile of the edition of 1760.] London: H. Baron, 1967.
Beaumont, Cyril W., A bibliography of dancing. London: Dancing Times, 1929.
A bibliography of the dance collection of Serge Leslie and Doris Niles. Annotated by Serge Leslie; edited by C. W. Beaumont. 4 vols. London: C. W. Beaumont, 1966-1981.
Fletcher, Ifan Kyrle, Bibliographical descriptions of forty books relating to the art of dancing in the collection of P.J.S. Richardson. London: Dance Books, 1977.
*Forbes, Fred R., Dance: an annotated bibliography, 1965-1982. New York & London: Garland, 1986.
Forrester, F.S., Ballet in England: a bibliography and survey c.1700 - June 1966. London: Library Association, 1968.
*Magriel, Paul David, A bibliography of dancing: a list of books and articles on the dance and related subjects. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1936.
Fourth cumulated supplement, 1936-40. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1941.
*Petermann, Kurt, Tanzbibliographie: Verzeichnis der in deutscher Sprache veroffentlichten Schriften und Aufsatze zum Buhnen- Gesellschafts-, Kinder, Volks und Turniertanz sowie zur Tanzwissenschaft, Tanzmusik und zum Jazz. Leipzig: VEB Bibliographisches Institut, 1966-1987.


*Derra de Moroda Dance Archives,The dance library: a catalogue. Compiled and annotated by Friderica Derra de Moroda; edited from the manuscript left by the author by Sibylle Dahms and Lotte Roth-Wolfle. Munich: Robert Wolfle, 1982.
Lancelot, F., La belle dance; catalogue raisonné fait en l'an 1995. Paris: Van Dieren, 1996.
*New York Public Library. Performing Arts Research Center, Bibliographic guide to dance: supplement [to the] dictionary catalog of the dance collection, Performing Arts Research Center, the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library. 1975- . Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall, 1976-.
*New York Public Library. Performing Arts Research Center, Dictionary catalog of the dance collection: a list of authors, titles, and subjects of multi-media materials in the dance collection of the Performing Arts Research Center of the New York Public Library. 10 vols. Boston, Mass.: New York Public Library & G. K. Hall, 1974.


*Chujoy, Anatole, The dance encyclopedia. New York: A. S. Barnes, 1949.
*Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara Naomi, Biographical dictionary of dance. New York: Schirmer; London: Collier Macmillan, 1982.
Craine, Debra, The Oxford dictionary of dance. Debra Craine, Judith Mackrell. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Drew, David, The Decca Book of Ballet. London: Frederick Muller, [1958.]
*A dictionary of modern ballet. General editors Francis Gadan and Robert Maillard; with the assistance of Ronald Crichton and Mary Clarke. London: Methuen, 1959.
*The encyclopedia of dance and ballet. Edited by Mary Clarke and David Vaughan. London: Pitman, 1977.
International dictionary of ballet. Editor Martha Bremser. Detroit: London: St. James Press, c1993.
International dictionary of modern dance. Editor, Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf. Detroit, Mich.: London: St. James Press, c1998.
International encyclopedia of dance. Editor, Selma Jeanne Cohen. New York: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
*Koegler, Horst, The concise Oxford dictionary of ballet. 2nd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Raffe, W.G. with Purdon, M.E, Dictionary of the dance. Rev. ed. London: Barnes, 1975.
Wilson, G.B.L., A dictionary of ballet. 3rd ed. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1974.

 Indexes to serials

*Belknap, S.Y., Guide to dance periodicals. 1931/35 - 1961/62. 10 vols. Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida Press, 1948-1963.
*Dance current awareness bulletin. No.1 (November 1983)-. Guildford: [University of Surrey], National Resource Centre for Dance, 1983 -.

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