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Dance Education: Finding Books

Provides an introduction to resources in the field of dance. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools for finding books, scholarly articles, reviews, and other topical and collection-related information.

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Academic Libraries that use the Library of Congress Classification Outline (the majority of them) can easily be browsed for serendipitous discovery of wonderful books in your subject area. All you need to know is the call number range to get yourself situated.

Here are the general call numbers for the topic of dance:

  • GV 1585 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • GV 1587 - Terminology, abbreviations, notation
  • GV 1587.5 - Directories
  • GV 1588 - Philosophy (and theory)
  • GV 1589- Study and teaching
  • GV 1590-GV 1594 - General works
  • GV 1595 - Special aspects of the subject as a whole
  • GV 1596 - Pictorial works
  • GV 1596.5 - Juvenile works
  • GV 1597 - Dancing as a profession
  • GV 1600 - Dance criticism, appreciation
  • GV 1645-GV 1728 - Dance history (and historical dance)
  • GV 1743 - National dances. Folk dances and dancing (General)
  • GV 1746-GV 1771 - Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
  • GV 1781-GV 1795 - Theatrical dancing (Biography: GV 1785)
  • GV 1796 - Special dances.
  • M 1450 - Dance music
  • M 1520 - M 1526 Ballets (full scores, piano scores, excerpts)
  • QM 1- QM 511 - General human anatomy
  • QP 1 - QP 345 - General physiology
  • QP 310 .D35 Physiology. Movement. Dancing.
  • RC 489 .D3 Psychiatry. Dance Therapy.
    RC 552 .E18 Psychiatry. Neurosis. Eating Disorders.
    RC 1220 .B27 Sports Medicine. Ballet.
    RC 1220 .D35 Sports Medicine. Dance.
    RM 931.D35 Rehabilitation Therapy. Dance Therapy.

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Dancing Master

the earliest surviving set of dance instructions appears on a 1648 manuscript, and the earliest published source is John Playford’s The English Dancing Master of 1650-1.

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