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Dance History Research Resources: Films & DVDs

Films & DVDs

The ZSR Library has over 17,000 DVDs, including a wide variety of dance films.  Our collection includes everything from classical ballet and instructional resources to experimental and performance art films.  In addition to DVDs, ZSR also has access to a number of streaming collections.

Locating Dance Films

All dance films on DVD are located in the Media Collection, Reynolds 4.  The DVD cases are displayed by format (Performing Arts, Feature, Foreign, Documentary, etc...), in alphabetical order by title, making it easy to browse. 

You can also go to the film page on the library homepage to find any film in the collection.  

When searching there, you can search by title, keyword, choreographer or dancer/artist.  A dancer, performer or choreographer is considered an author of a film.  Note that you can browse for new films, or films by general category, or language on the right side of the page.

The Dance Online: Dance in Video database has streaming video exclusively for dance, but there are other video databases that may include dance films.  You can look at those databases here.

Checking out DVDs

As you browse the DVD cases, remove the ones you would like to check out and take them to the counter in the Media Collection room.  They will check the DVDs out to you there.  You can check out films for three days, three films at a time.  There is a $1/day/DVD fine for overdue films.

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