Dance information resources: Background information

Terminology and dictionaries

  • Classical ballet terms: an illustrated dictionary [print]
  • Dictionary of dance: words, terms and phrases [print]
  • Modern dance terminology [print]
  • The Oxford dictionary of dance [online or print]
  • Ryman's dictionary of classical ballet terms: Cecchetti [print]

Encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries


  • Encyclopedia of world ballet [print]
  • International dictionary of modern dance -- Information on people, companies, dance works, with an emphasis on the Western world [print]
  • International encyclopedia of dance -- Major scholarly encyclopedia. Covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, classical, folk, traditional, ethnic, social dance [online or print]
  • International encyclopedia of dance: a project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc. -- Historical and descriptive materials on dance music and costume, methodologies, theories, criticism and the history of dance writing and publication [online]
  • The encyclopedia of theatre dance in Canada (print)
  • The queer encyclopedia of music, dance, & musical theater [print]


  • 50 contemporary choreographers [online or print]
  • 101 from the encyclopedia of theatre dance in Canada -- Core selection of people from the larger encyclopedia [print]
  • Encyclopedia of theatre dance in Canada -- People who have contributed to the art of dance in Canada [print]
  • Film choreographers and dance directors : an illustrated biographical encyclopedia, with a history and filmographies, 1893 through 1995 [print]
  • International dictionary of ballet -- Biographical dictionary of classical dance from the Renaissance to present day [print]
  • Speaking of dance: twelve contemporary choreographers on their craft [online]


  • Ballet music: a handbook [online]
  • Complete manual of classical dance: Enrico Cecchetti method [print]
  • Dance composition: a practical guide to creative success in dance making [online]
  • The Oxford handbook of dance and reenactment [print]
  • The Oxford handbook of dance and wellbeing [print]

Bibliographies and guides to dance research