Sources for Research

The New York Public Library For the Performing Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts--whether professional or amateur--the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances.

The San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum

The San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SF PALM) is a research library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available materials about the live performing arts with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. The Library is further committed to providing materials and programs related to national and international performing arts with special emphasis on dance, musical theater, and theatrical design.

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) is the central location on the College Park campus for music, theatre, and dance materials. MSPAL's circulating, reference, serial, and special collections combine to make it one of the country's most comprehensive university libraries of its kind. Opened in 2000 as part of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Michele Smith Performing Arts Library is particularly well known for its special collections; over a mile of manuscripts, letters, sound recordings, programs, scrapbooks, photographs, and other archival materials comprise some of the primary source materials available in the Library. Periodic various publications and recordings based on the collections are produced by the Library and distributed internationally. The Library also sponsors various symposia, exhibitions and other special events throughout the year.

Modern Dance Technique Books

• A Map Of Making Dances, by Hodes, Ardsley. House 1998
• Art without Boundaries - The World of Modern Dance, by Anderson, Jack.
• Building Dances, by McGreevy-Nicols, Susan. Human Kinetics Publishers 1995
• Dance to the Piper, by De Mille, Agnes. Little, Brown and Company 1952
• Dancers Talking Dance, by Lavender, Larry. Human Kinetics Publishers 1996
• Duncan Dance, by Levien, Julia. Princeton Book Co. Publishers 1994
• Form Without Formula, by Beatty, Patricia. Patricia Beatty 1985
• Laban's Theory of Movement: A New Perspective, by Thornton, Samuel. Plays Inc. 1971
• Martha Graham: The Evolution of her Dance Theory and Training 1926-1991, by Horosko, Marion, et. A Capella Books 1991
• Modern Dance Forms, by Horst, Louis & Carroll Russell. Dance Horizons 1977
• Modern Dance Terminology, by Love, Paul. Princeton 1997
• Movement Ritual, by Halprin, Anna. San Francisco Dancer Workshop 1981
• Moving From Within: A New Method for Dance Making, by Hawkins, Alma M. A Cappella Books, Incorporated 1991
• On The Count Of One, by Sherbon, Elizabeth. A Cappella Books 1990
• Prime Movers, by Mazo, Jóseph H. Wm. Morrow & Company Ltd. 1977
• The Art of Making Dances, by Humphrey, Doris. Grove Press 1959
• The Dance Workshop, by Cohan, Robert. Dance Press
• The Dancer Prepares (3 copies), by Penrod, James & Janice Plastino. National Press Books 1970
• The Illustrated Dance Technique Of Jóse Limón, by Lewis, Daniel. Harper & Row 1984
• The Knowing Body, by Steinman, Louise. Shambhala Publications 1986
• The Mastery of Movement, by Laban, Rudolf. MacDonald & Evans 1971

Modern Dance Biography and Photography Books

• Jean-Pierre Perreault, Choreographer, by Gelinas, Aline. Arts Inter-Media Canada/Dance Collection Danse 1991
• Judy Jarvis, A Dance Artist: A Portrait, by Anderson, Carol. The Danny Grossman Dance Company 1993
• Katherine Dunham, by Haskins, James. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. 1982
• Push Comes To Shove: An Autobiography, by Tharp, Twila. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc. 1992
• Photographs Dance: A Collection (3 Copies), by Various Artists, 15 Dance Lab 1979
• Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey, by Bailey, Peter. Carol Publishing Group 1995
• The Dance Photography of Cylla Von Tiedemann, by Von Tiedemann, Cylla. McClelland & Stewart Publishers 1990

Modern Dance CDs & Cassettes

• Dangerous Rhythms: Percussion for Modern Dance, by Bennett, Geoff.
• Maajo: Percussion for Modern Dance, by Bennett, Geoff.
• Michael Torke: Music For Dance, by Boosey, & Hawkes. The Decca Record Company 1997
• Music For Dance, by Boosey, & Hawkes.
• Music For Modern Dance (Tapes 1 and 2), by Ziebarth, Craig.

Modern Dance Videos

• A Tribute to Alvin Ailey, by Grimm, Thomas. Public Media Inc.
• Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra and more... with American Ballet Theatre, Kultur International Films Ltd 1984
• Basic Concepts in Modern Dance, by Cheney, Gay.
• Black Dance America
• Cage / Cunningham, by Caplan, Elliot. Kultur International Films Ltd
• Charles Weidman - On His Own, by Weidman, Charles. Dance Horizons Videos 1990
• Dancing to the Promised Land, by Jones, Bill T. V.I.E.W. Inc.
• Danny Grossman, by Grossman, Danny 1981
• Denishawn - The Birth of Modern Dance, by Denishawn. Kultur International Films Ltd.
• Falling Down Stairs, by Sweete, Willis & Barbara. Sony Music Entertainment Inc. 1998
• Four By Ailey - An Evening With the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, by Ailey, Alvin. Kultur International Films 1986
• Gala, National Film Board 1982
• Glass Houses, by House, Christopher. Mossanen Productions 1987
• Graham, Martha - In Performance, by Kroll, Nathan. Kultur International Films Ltd

Source – Dance Nov Scotia,


LABANOTATION AND LIFE FORMS®: Computer Animation as a Complement to Dance Notation
By Rhonda Ryman, University of Waterloo

Life Forms ® is an animation program used to complement the teaching, learningn and use of Labanotation, a standardized system for analyzing and recording any human motion (mainly it is used at theatres to archive ballets). This text aims to give the reader a impression how the notation looks like and how the notation analyses movement. It begins by presenting examples of dance animations, addresses questions of notation versus animation assumptions and conventions, and concludes with a hands-on workshop introducing basic animation techniques. Life Forms Dance Studio is a special version of the program that comes with libraries geared to Dance teachers and choreographers. Version 3.9 is bundled with the Ballet Moves CD (Ryman, 2000). Future releases will include a Modern Dance Moves library (Ryman, in progress) based on Daniel Lewis’s book, The Illustrated Dance Technique of Jóse Limón (1984), with Labanotation by Mary Corey.