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Digital Collections & Dance Websites
America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures from the Dance Heritage Foundation
This list is intended to heighten public interest in the magnificence and richness of America's dance heritage and the imperative to document and preserve it for future generations.
An American Ballroom Companion
Presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories.
Ballet Russe Drop Collection
This site provides access to many photographs of the scenery collection, with brief historical references about each piece. This pictorial exhibit of famous ballet drops is provided courtesy of Stephan Laurent, Professor, Butler University Department of Dance.
Chamber Dance Company Archive
Jacob's Pillow Dance Archive
An ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today,
plus new illustrated essays.
Katherine Dunham Collection
Consists of moving image materials that document the extraordinary journey of a woman who changed the face of American modern dance. Selected materials, including videos of dance technique and fieldwork, are available via this Web presentation.
NYPL Jermone Robbins Dance Division
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library is the largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance. The Digital Gallery contains some 4,814 items from the collection including programs from the American tour of the Ballets Russes, Joffrey Ballet slides, and prints depicting dance.
Paget-Fredericks Dance Collection
Contains roughly 2,000 original drawings, paintings, photographs and pieces of memorabilia that date from 1913 to 1945--either created or collected by Joseph Paget-Fredericks.
Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923
With visual and audio images drawn from the extensive archival collections at the New York Public Library, the site features an authentic look at the past, from the Broadway theater and Tin Pan Alley to the art of dancer Loie Fuller and composer Charles Griffes, all brought to you in original documents.
Siobhan Davies Archive
This is the first online dance archive in the UK and contains thousands of fully searchable digital records including moving image, still image, audio and text.
Movement Research: Critical Correspondence
Critical Correspondence provides a forum for diverse engagements with artistic practice, research, and the contexts that surround the field of dance. It publishes timely and in-depth content in multiple formats, including interviews, experimental and scholarly writing, podcasts and video projects.