Collection Statement

Dance is an art form defined by the design of human motion in time, enhanced by both sound and visual design elements. A teaching and research collection in support of dance must provide reproductions of actual performances as well as printed material describing and elucidating the art form and its history. Therefore, the collection at the UCSD Libraries depends heavily on recordings (currently in video and DVD formats) of performances of all styles of theatrical and folk dancing, with a particular emphasis on modern, postmodern and contemporary choreography. Books on the technique and artistry of dance are acquired to support the undergraduate-level teaching of dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance. In addition, although very little is currently taught at UCSD in the field of dance history, scholarly and reference works are acquired at a study level to support the broader interdisciplinary research at UCSD in cultural history, anthropology, ethnic and gender studies as well as to support an anticipated strengthening of the department's offerings in dance history. In keeping with the library's overall emphasis in the area of Melanesian studies, materials relating to dance from this region are acquired at a comprehensive level. Materials on the application of dance in other areas, such as dance therapy, are acquired at a minimal level.

Major indexing tool: New York Public Library's Catalog. To limit your search to Dance Research Collection, change the drop-down menu from "ALL COLLECTIONS" to "DANCE RESEARCH COLLECTION."

Although this is the catalog of another library, due to NYPL's comprehensive collection and expert indexing, it can be used to build a bibliography of literature on any aspect of dance.

Key Resources for Dance

Course Materials

Contact Information

Rob Melton

Literature, Religion, Film, Theater & Dance
Curator, Archive for New Poetry

UC San Diego Library
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone (858) 534-7573
Fax (858) 534-7548