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PED 251 (Modern Dance I): Home

This LibGuide is intended as a resource for the research on modern dance.

Dance Libguide

Welcome

Why seek information and resources from other libraries?

While the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library offers a wide variety of resources to suit your research needs, we also understand that Distance Education students may especially need resources that are difficult to provide remotely.

We hope that this guide helps you locate libraries near you that can supplement the extensive resources already provided to you by the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Databases

We do not have any truly Dance-centric databases; however, dance research and resources appear throughout many of the other databases the library subscribes to.

Naxos

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in ...

Physical Education Index

Project Muse

Arts and Humanities

Jstor

Artor

Oxford Music Online

Dance Topics

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You can begin to develop your topic with a specific style in mind, such as ballet or tap, or specific techniques such as en pointe or gancho. A common way to develop a more complex research topic is to combine techniques and styles in a particular place or period of time.

You can develop complex topics further by also considering a specific time period, a specific location, or specific practitioners. For example, who are some of Mexico's women dancers and what are the key features in their work? What are differences in the hip hop dance of Los Angeles and New York City?

Styles and periods are central concepts in the study of dance history. Historical time periods such as Baroque, Medieval, and Renaissance are organizing concepts used to describe significant periods. Other important organizing concepts refer to stylist attributes, such as Mannerist, Gothic, or Modern. Sometimes specific groups of dancers give rise to a school of work that refers both to stylistic or philosophical tendencies called movements or genres.

Before you begin your research, brainstorm keywords that will help you locate relevant material.

Examples of styles and techniques:

  • aplomb (ballet)
  • enpointe (ballet)
  • bourree (ballet)
  • Guapacha timing (ballroom)
  • Promenade position (ballroom)
  • Headspin (hip-hop)
  • The worm (hip-hop)
  • jazz piroutte (turn)
  • grand jete (leap)
  • Graham (Contemporary dance technique)

Examples of forms and genres:

  • Jig
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Disco
  • Ballroom
  • Electonica
  • Hip-hop
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Modern

 Examples of periods and styles:

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • English Regency
  • Polka craze (mid 19th century)
  • Ragtime
  • Roaring twenties
  • Swing (30's and 40's)
  • Contemporary
  • Street

InterLibrary Loan

If Lyman Beecher Brooks does not own an item you need for research, teaching or study, you may request it through the InterLibrary Loan service. This free service allows user to borrow materials from other libraries and pick them up at the first-floor circulation desk.