Research Tips for Dance 3733 - History of Ballet

Reference Books

International Encyclopedia of Dance

         GV 1585 .I586 1998 v. 1-6
         Also available online

International Dictionary of Ballet

GV 1585 .I57 1993 v. 1-2

Both are located in the Fine Arts Library Reference collection


Useful subject headings in the libraries' catalog:

  • Ballet - History (XXth Century)
  • Ballet (Country) History
You may also search by the names of individual dancers, choreographers, or dance companies.

Journals and Newspapers

Resources by Subject, accessible from the libraries' website (, is another valuable tool for finding information.  Access the "Dance" section.  This will present you with databases that were specifically chosen because of their relevance to research in the field of dance.


Dance in Video
Provides access to streaming video of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century.  Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
Access content in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance as well as full-text for titles including Canadian Theatre Review, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Modern Drama, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Research in Dance Education, Research in Drama Education, Studies in Theatre and Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Theater, and many more. Full-text available.

Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full-text available.

Times Digital Archive (1/1/1785 - 12/31/1985)
Complete digital archive of The Times (London), except for the Sunday edition. Can be searched using keywords. Materials indexed include all articles, advertisements, illustrations, and photos. Full-text available.

Academic Search Premier (1/1/1984 -  )
Multidisciplinary database covering social sciences, humanities, education, physical and life sciences, and ethnic studies. Over 3,500 journals are indexed. Some full-text available.

New York Times Historical Newspaper (1/1/1851 - 2005)
Archives the historical New York Times, including full page digital reproductions of every page from all available issues. Full-text available.

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