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Dance Research at the Library of Congress

GV: Recreation and Leisure

Vernon & Irene Castle. Modern Dancing. 1914. Library of Congress Music Division.

The letter "G" precedes call numbers of library materials related to the subjects of Geography, Anthropology, and Recreation. Class G contains ten subclasses for more specific subject areas.

Subclass GV, "Recreation and Leisure," is the main Library of Congress Classification for users to find materials related specifically to dance. The complete outline of Subclass GV below will aid users to browse the online catalog and assess materials for dance research. Users are encouraged to explore Class G in its entirety [PDF].

Readers use these general collections resources in the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building. For more information, visit the Library's Researchers page.

Select reference materials and rare books in Subclass GV are available in the Performing Arts Reading Room.


The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

  • GV1588.N477 2011. Nettl-Fiol, Rebecca and Luc Vanier. Dance and the Alexander technique: exploring the missing link. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011.
  • GV1631.C74 2009. Manuel, Peter, ed. Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
  • GV1746.C35 1914. Castle, Vernon & Irene. Modern Dancing. New York: World Syndicate Co., 1914.
  • GV1799.B62. Boorman, Joyce. Creative Dance in the First Three Grades. New York: D. McKay Co., [1969].

Subclass GV: Recreation & Leisure - Dancing

  • GV1580: Dance periodicals
  • GV1585: Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • GV1587: Terminology, abbreviations, notations
  • GV1587.5: Directories
  • GV1588: Philosophy and theory
  • GV1589: Study and teaching
  • GV1590-1594: General overview of dance
  • GV1595: Special aspects of the subject
  • GV1596: Pictorial works
  • GV1596.5: Juvenile works
  • GV1597: Dancing as a profession
  • GV1600-1620: Dance criticism, appreciation, history
  • GV1621-1728: Dance criticism, appreciation, history by geographical region
  • GV1735: Apparatus and equipment
  • GV1740-1741: Ethics; Dancing and the church
  • GV1743: National dances. Folk dances (general)
  • GV1746-1771: Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
  • GV1781-1795: Theatrical dancing
  • GV1782.5: Choreography
  • GV1783: Modern or expressionistic dancing
  • GV1783.5: Religious dance
  • GV1784: Jazz dance
  • GV1785: Biography
  • GV1785.8-1786: Dance groups or companies
  • GV1786.32-1790: Ballet
  • GV1793: Clog dancing
  • GV1794: Tap dancing
  • GV1796: Other dances, alphabetical by dance name
  • GV1798: Gymnastic dancing; rhythmic exercise
  • GV1799: Dances for special classes of persons