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Dance

Welcome

Welcome to the Dance research guide.

You can use this guide as a starting point in your dance research.  The tabs on the left have more information about the following topics:

  • Finding articles
  • Finding books
  • Finding videos
  • Finding music

If you need any help with your research, please contact your librarian Erin!

 

Getting Started

General Information

The UMass Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system.  Dance materials generally fall within the range of GV1580 - GV1799.  Within that range, some of the useful subdivisions for dance are:

  • GV1585 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • GV1588 - Philosophy (and theory)
  • GV1589 - Study and teaching
  • GV1590 - GV1594 - General works
    • GV1590 - Dancing - General works - Early through 1850
  • GV1595 - Special aspects of the subject as a whole
  • GV1597 - Dancing as a profession
  • GV1600 - Dance criticism, appreciation
  • GV1645 - GV1728 - Dance history (and historical dance)
  • GV1746 - GV1771 - Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
  • GV1781 - GV1795 - Theatrical dancing (biography: GV1785)
  • GV1796 - GV1799 - Special dances
  • M1450 - Dance music

All of the G's can be found on the 18th floor of Du Bois.  All M's can be found on the 6th floor of Du Bois.

Subject headings are really helpful when searching in our catalog or databases.  If you find a really helpful item, make sure to take a look at the subject headings and use them in combinations or just click on them to see more.

  • Ballerinas
  • Ballet
  • Ballet History
  • Ballet -- Aesthetics
  • Dance -- Anthropological aspects
  • Ballet -- Costume
  • Ballet dance music
  • Ballet dancers
  • Ballet dancing -- Accidents and injuries
  • Ballets -- Excerpts -- Piano Scores
  • Bible and dance
  • Choreographers -- Germany -- Biography
  • Choreography -- Philosophy
  • Dance
  • Dance -- Aesthetics
  • Dance -- Anthropological aspects
  • Dance -- Biography
  • Dance companies
  • Dance criticism
  • Dance -- Early works to 1800
  • Dance -- History
  • Dance in literature
  • Dance music -- Europe -- 14th century [Dance music -- Continent -- century]
  • Dance notation
  • Dance -- Philosophy
  • Dance -- Political aspects
  • Dance -- Production and direction
  • Dance -- Religious aspects
  • Dance -- Religious aspects -- History -- Medieval period
  • Dance -- Sex differences
  • Dance -- Social aspects
  • Dance -- Sociological aspects
  • Dance -- Spain -- History [Dance--Country--History--"X" Century]
  • Dance -- Study and teaching
  • Dancers
  • Dancers -- Germany -- Biography [Dancers -- Country -- Biography]
  • Dancing injuries
  • Gender identity in dance
  • Homosexuality and dance
  • Homosexuality in dance
  • Labanotation
  • Modern dance -- Aesthetics
  • Modern dance -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History
  • Modern dance -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History
  • Modern dance -- United States -- History
  • Movement, Aesthetics of
  • Movement analysis
  • Movement notation
  • Movement, Psychology of
  • Movement, Psychology of -- Cross-cultural studies
  • Religious dance
  • Sex in dance