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Tap Dance in America: A Twentieth-Century Chronology of Tap Performance on Stage, Film, and Media
A database of the history of tap dance in America, compiled by dance scholar Constance Valis Hill.
Dance of the African Diaspora-Jacob's Pillow
Essays and videos that explore the contributions of African American dancers and choreographers at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, curated by dance history scholar John Perpener.
Women in Dance-Jacob's Pillow
Essays and videos about the contributions of women to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Curated by dance history scholar Maura Keefe.
Tap at Jacob's Pillow
Essays and videos about tap at Jacob's Pillow. Curated by Brian Seibert.
Free video database featuring content from European dance companies.
American Ballet Theatre Archive
Explore the history of the American Ballet Theatre through their archive. Browse by year of production, ballet title, choreographer, or composer.
Also includes a dictionary of ballet terms with audio pronunciation clips.
America's Dance Treasures
Biographical sketches and company histories of the most influential choreographers, performers, and companies in dance. Includes photographs, videos, and research resources. Originally created by the Dance Heritage Coalition, now archived at the Library of Congress.
Free to Dance Historical Timeline: 1619-2001
Companion website to the PBS documentary "Free to Dance." Historical timeline covers important milestones in African-American dance from 1619-2001.
PBS Great Performances: Dance
Includes links to full episodes of dance performances from the "Great Performances" series on PBS.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive
Archive of dance performances filmed at Jacob's Pillow, the oldest dance festival in the United States.
Internet Broadway Database (IBDB)
Search Broadway productions, performers, awards, characters, and statistics.
Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
Search for performers, films, television series and more.
If Cities Could Dance
Short films looking at current dance cultures in multiple US cities. Produced by PBS.
Dance Studies Association
Scholarly association for the study of dance. Founded in 2017 through the merger of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Socieity of Dance History Scholars organizations.
Politics and the Dancing Body
Library of Congress exhibition on how choreographers of the early- to mid-20th century used dance to promote social change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Get information on one of the largest and most important performing arts collections in the world.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater YouTube Page
Performance videos, interviews, and additional content from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company.
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Videos of Bhutanese dances from the collection of the New York Public Library.
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920
Over 200 dance manuals representing almost 500 years of social dance history, from the collections of the Library of Congress
Dance Heritage Video Archive
Originally collected by the Dance Heritage Coalition's Dance Preservation and Digitization Project, these 1200 videos are now archived at the University of Southern California.
Dance Oral History Project
Oral histories collected by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library.
Jacob's Pillow Archives
View items from the archives of the Jacob's Pillow festival, Ted Shawn, and the Denishawn Company. Items include audio, books, costumes, photographs, programs, and more.
Merce Cunningham Trust
View "Video Capsules" of archived performances, writings, and other documentation of the choreographic work of Merce Cunningham.
Pioneers of Chinese Dance
Archive of videos, photographs, and more, covering the history of 20th century Chinese dance.