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Dance History Research Resources: Reference Resources

Dance Encyclopedias

Use Reference Resources to get background information on an dancer, piece of choreography, or terminology. Many of these sources include bibliographies which list additional books and journal articles that would be useful for further research on the topic. 

These are selections from the available resources:

Historical & Cultural Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias that cover cultural and historical topics can help you get a better idea of the time and place in which the dances you are studying were developed and performed.  These resources include entries on dances popular during the historical time periods they cover, as well as dance traditions that developed in specific cultures or geographical areas.