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Drama: Dance Resources: Overview

In this guide

Basic resources for dance: library catalogs, streaming performance databases, reference books, new acquisitions

See these research guides for more resources on finding books, articles, reviews and more:


Questions? Contact:
Mo Dawley
Art and Drama Librarian
md2z@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-6625

Databases


Cameo and Other Library Catalogs

Cameo  Carnegie Mellon University Libraries catalog to find books, articles, media, videos, recordings and more at CMU.
Pittcat  University of Pittsburgh Library holdings
The Catalog  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh holdings; excellent music and scores collection
Pittsburgh library catalogs of Duquesne University, Chatham University, Carlow University, Point Park University, and Robert Morris University.
WorldCat  includes holdings for all of the above as well as other local, regional, national and international library holdings.

Performance Archives

Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection
Primary and secondary full-text materials to support informed performance, pedagogy, and scholarship in 20th and 21st century dance through photographs, correspondence, magazines, dance notation, and reference material.

AHDS Performing Arts (Arts and Humantities Data Service)
AHDS "collects, documents, preserves and promotes the use of digital resources to support research and teaching across the broad field of the performing arts: music, film, broadcast arts, theatre, dance" ; rich archive for all researchers, though UK researchers, teachers and students in higher education are the target audience; includes the Digital Performance Archive.

Article Databases

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full-Text
Scholarly research database for theatre and dance studies.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to the Performing Arts)
Articles covering the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
Coverage: 1864-current


For more databases see Drama: Databases for Theatre

Streaming Video

Ontheboards.tv
High-quality films of full-length performances by current provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms.

Dance Online: Dance in Video
...productions and documentaries in streaming video with influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Includes ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, improvisational dance, and forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance;
search, browse, cite or bookmark videos to the moment; make custom clips, annotate and share them.

Kanopy Streaming Service
Provides remote access to over 25,000 documentary and feature films on many subjects: arts, business, global studies, health, sciences, technical training, etc.

Medici.tv
Offers filmed concerts performed by today’s greatest names in classical music, archive movies, inspiring documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes.

Met Opera on Demand
Provides unlimited access to more than 450 extraordinary Met performances.

Opera in Video
...important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews and documentaries; selections are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Theatre in Video
...definitive performances and documentaries in streaming video with leading actors, playwrights and directors covering a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Includes contemporary revivals of classic works, television broadcasts of New York productions, experimental performances and more;
search, browse and bookmark scenes, monologues, and staging examples to a link that can be shared.

Streaming Music, Music Performance, Scores Online

American Song
Streaming music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life, from America’s past and present.

Classical Music in Video
Streaming video of classical music performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

Classical Music Library
Streaming audio with a supplementary reference database, enabling patrons to listen while simultaneously searching and browsing the Classical reference database. Send-to-mobile functionality.

Classical Scores Library
Encompasses more than one million pages of classical scores for teaching and study. Includes a mix of public domain, previously unpublished, and in-copyright works from all major classical music genres and time periods.

Library Music Source
This is the online version of the CD Sheet Music and Orchestra Musician’s CD-ROM Library CD-ROMs. The music is selected from out-of-copyright standard editions from publishers such as Breitkopf and Hartel, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, G. Ricordi, Durand and many others. The editorial staff for CD Sheet Music has chosen the best edition available for each work.

Medici.tv
Offers filmed concerts performed by today’s greatest names in classical music, archive movies, inspiring documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes.

Met Opera on Demand
Provides unlimited access to more than 450 extraordinary Met performances.

Music Online Collections
Streaming audio, video, scores and full text reference content from all Alexander Street Press perfomance databases to which Carnegie Mellon subscribes: American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music Video, Classical Scores Library, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Theatre in Video.

Naxos Music Library
Streaming recordings for genres such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Nostalgia, World, Contemporary Instrumental, Chinese, Pop and Rock, Gospel, Spoken Word, and Relaxation. iPhone and Android apps available.

Naxos Music Library Jazz
Streaming music from the artists and collections of Fantasy Records.

OnTheBoards.tv
Watch high-quality films of full-length performances by some of today’s most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms.

Performance Archives

Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection
Primary and secondary full-text materials to support informed performance, pedagogy, and scholarship in 20th and 21st century dance through photographs, correspondence, magazines, dance notation, and reference material.

AHDS Performing Arts (Arts and Humantities Data Service)
AHDS "collects, documents, preserves and promotes the use of digital resources to support research and teaching across the broad field of the performing arts: music, film, broadcast arts, theatre, dance" ; rich archive for all researchers, though UK researchers, teachers and students in higher education are the target audience; includes the Digital Performance Archive.

Acqs of Interest and Reference Works

New Books


Osumare, Halifu. Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir. Gainseville, Florida: University of Florida, 2018
E-Book

 


Winkler, Kevin.Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
HUNT STACKS-4 GV1785 F67 W56 2018

 


Beaman, Patricia. World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle. Abingdon, Oxon: New York, NY: Routledge, 2018
E-Book

 


Weinel, Jonathan. Inner Sound: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media. New York: NY: Oxford University Press, 2018
HUNT STACKS-4 ML3838 .W33 2018


Reference

Bremser, Martha. International Dictionary of Ballet. Detroit: St. James Press, 1993.
HUNT FA-REF-4 792.8 I61 2 volumes

Craine, Debra and Mackrell, Judith. The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
HUNT FA-REF-4 792.8 C 886o

Spain, Louise. Dance on Camera: A Guide to Dance Films and Videos. London: Scarecrow Press and New York: Neal Schumann Publishers, Inc., 1998.
HUNT FA-REF-4 792.8 D173a

Organizations