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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students.

Web Site Links  


Ailey Alvin -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
(Note: Wait for a new window to open up from the home page; you can do your searches from this new window.)
 Under "The Company" are biographies of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, and principal dancers of this famed multiracial dance company.

American Ballet Theatre
Select "Dancers" from the home page and click on any of the pictures of featured principal dancers for a brief biography.  A valuable feature of this site is ABT's "Library" which is listed under "Education and Training" - a text and video dictionary of ballet terms will be especially useful!

Balanchine, George -- George Balanchine
A biography of George Balanchine on The George Balanchine Foundation Website also offers a selected bibliography, a videography, and list of ballets in active repertory.

Duncan, Isadora
Biography and websites for early modern dance pioneer.

Dunham, Katherine -- Free to Dance - Biographies - Katherine Dunham
A biographical essay for the PBS series "Great Performances" describes the life of Dunham, who combined her love of dance with her passion for cultural anthropology.

Fosse, Bob -- Great Performances - PBS
This 2002 PBS production of "Dance in America : From Broadway : Fosse" includes an essay on Fosseís impact on American musical theater, a multimedia presentation of "Thatís Dancin' : Fosse on Broadway," and a list of related web sites.

Graham, Martha -- Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
An authoritative biography of the world's leading exponent of modern dance.  Follow the "Links to More Information About Martha Graham" for other biographical sources.

Horton, Lester -- Biographical Sketch - Lester Horton
A short biography from the Library of Congress of one of the founders of American modern dance who was also known for his dance training techniques.

Jones, Bill T. -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Click on "Bill" and "Arnie" to read about the lives and dance careers of the co-founders of this multicultural dance company.  Summaries and pictures of current and past repertories can be viewed by selecting "Choreography."

Limon Dance Company
Click on "Heritage" in the left-hand side of the home page and then on "Founders."   You will find links to Jose Limonís biography as well as a biography of Doris Humphrey, his teacher and mentor.

Morris, Mark -- Online NewsHour : The Mark Morris Dance Group
PBSí "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"  (2001) presents a special on choreographer Mark Morris that includes an overview of modern dance, a biography and interviews.

Robbins, Jerome - Jerome Robbins Foundation
This Website has several biographies of Jerome Robbins.  In left column, click on Robbins Rights Trust.  Ballet notes and ballet chronology are available.

Taylor, Paul -- Paul Taylor Dance Company
A living legend, Taylor has been called  "the reigning master of modern dance" (Time) and "the world's greatest living choreographer" (Newsweek).  For a biography, go to "Paul Taylor Dance Company," click on "Paul Taylor."

Tharp, Twyla
A biography of Twyla Tharp is found in this Website.  Click on archive and a list of her dances is retrieved--many have descriptions of the dances.


Gaynor MInden - Dance Links
These are the link and dances FAQs originally compiled for the newsgroup.  Now hosted by Gaynor Minden.  Update comprehensive listing of dance links for ballet, modern, and other dance forms and FAQs with dance information.

Great Performances : Dance in America - Free to Dance
In 2001 PBS aired "Free to Dance," the first major film tracing the impact of African Americans on American modern dance, "chronicling the crucial role that African American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form."  Click on "Biographies" for information on more than 40 dance pioneers and stars, and "Beyond the Dance" for essays on African American dance evolution.  "Resources" is an extensive list of Web sites of modern dance companies, dancers, choreographers and dance history.

Reviews and Audiovisual   

Dance Films Association, Inc.
This association promotes "excellence in dance films and video and public awareness through festivals, screenings, publications, grants, and workshops."  Select "Articles" for reviews or "Database" for audiovisual lists.

Dance Magazine - Reviews
Go to "Reviews" for reviews of recent performances by the dance company of your choice.


Congress on Research in Dance
CORD was founded in 1965 by a group of dance scholars to encourage scholars in dance to research, publish, and discuss material relating to all areas of dance.  Included in this Web site is a list of international dance conferences as well as links to other dance service organizations.

Los Angeles Times -- Dance Genre Theater & Stage
Use this site for regional, national, and international dance updates, and to research current and upcoming performances in the 5-county greater Los Angeles area.

The New York Times : Dance
Register for free-to-read current articles on dance including news, reviews, and a performance calendar.

Southern California Dance Directory
Very comprehensive site for dance in Southern California, compiled by University of Southern California dance faculty member.  Includes directory of area dance companies.

Voice of Dance
This directory serves the United States dance community by listing dance performances (including dance events, competitions and festivals), opportunities for dance education, dance news, reviews, services, and merchandise for dancers.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Issues & Controversies @
Provides reference articles and featured articles on topics.  Enter 'dance' and find articles on different types of dance, as well as biographies of dancers and choreographers.

ProQuest provides articles and coverage of dance and dance related subjects.  It also provides coverage or reviews of dance performances.  Search under 'dance ballet review' or other types of dance with review added, to find reviews in newspapers and magazines.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

The dance handbook (G.K. Hall performing arts handbooks)
Call number: Ref GV1601.R63 1990

Dictionary of the dance
Call number: Ref GV1585.R3 1965

International encyclopedia of dance a project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc.
Call number: Ref GV1585.I586 2004

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:



Choreographers--United States--Biography


Dancers--United States--Biography

Modern dance--United States

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Ballet class for beginners
call number: Video 000058
Introduces the beginning dance student to the technique and vocabulary of classical ballet, with the emphasis on posture, placement, and movement potential.

Dancing : The Individual and tradition, Program 7
Call number: Video 000033
Presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage.

Flamenco : a film
Call number: DVD 0029
A series of flamenco dances, "an integral part of the Spanish heart and culture" are performed by three hundred dancers and photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

You can also find biographical articles on each of the above choreographers in the Gale Biography In Context database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on Gale Biography In Context and enter the database.  If prompted, type in the password "rio_log".  You may conduct your own searches at this point.

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Sevilla-Marzona, Librarian 9/2003
last update:
M. Delatte, Librarian 5/2010

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