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Dance: Start Here

CCBC's home for dance research


Hello! We created this page to group everything you'd need to research anything about Dance in one place. The books in this gallery are just a few of the titles you can use for your research.

The Making of Markova

As improbable as it is inspiring, the story of one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century; her fortitude and reinvention; and her journey from the Ballets Russes, Balanchine, and Matisse to international stardom in pre-World War I England, a frail Jewish girl, so shy she barely spoke a word until age six and so sickly she needed to be homeschooled, is diagnosed with flat feet, knock knees, and weak legs. In short order, Lilian Alicia Marks would become a dance prodigy, the cherished baby ballerina of Sergei Diaghilev, and the youngest ever soloist at his famed Ballets Russes. It was there that George Balanchine choreographed his first ballet for her, Henri Matisse designed her costumes, and Igor Stravinsky taught her music, all when the re-christened Alicia Markova was just fourteen...

History of Dance by Diane Bailey

This title examines Western dance's original European roots, the ways and styles in which it has expanded and changed, and how it has grown into such an integral part of Western culture. Special features include a timeline, Art Spotlights, infographics, and fact bubbles.

Dance Videos Online

Dance in Video producers
 Dance In Video - a premium resource provided by the library, contains five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. 

Best Databases for Dance Research