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Dance Research at the Library of Congress

Reference Materials

Reference materials for dance include dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, bibliographies, indexes, and electronic resources. The list below contains a small sample of dance reference resources in the Performing Arts Reading Room.

The Music Division Reference Specialists are available to answer questions about dance materials in person, on the phone, or virtually. Ask a Librarian, register for a free Reader Identification Card, and come on in to browse.

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

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Other Titles of Interest

Electronic Resources

The Library of Congress subscribes to databases and electronic journals. Most resources are only available to on-site users in Washington, DC. Browse these selected lists of databases, online periodicals, and e-books:

Always check the Music Division's Performing Arts Blog In the Muse. There are categories for dance, women in dancemusical theater, and many other areas of interest.