Answered By: Joanna Wilson
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2017     Views: 9

Library Search is the best starting point for information on a particular Dance topic. 

However, you may also wish to use one of the Library’s specialist databases.  These bring together journal articles or other sources, useful for Dance subjects.

All our databases can be reached via the Library’s resources page at

The following databases are recommended for Dance topics.

Academic Search Premiera general resource covering a wide variety of topics, including performance related subjects

Alexander Street Video– This is a valuable resource for video content on all kinds of topics, and includes a small section devoted to Dance. (For more information - see  this short blog post)

Arts & Humanities Full Textincludes content from hundreds of journals, including many focussed on cultural topics

Box of Broadcasts – a huge collection of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK.  A number of programmes regularly discuss culture and the arts, so this can be an important source for reviews and critical opinion.  

Business Source Premier – more useful for journal articles on dance topics than the name implies. 

IEEE Xplorean electronics database, but it can be useful for articles on virtual dance or theatre.

Performing Arts Periodicals database– a great source for any performance related subject

JSTORsimple to search and includes the content from lots of performing arts journals

Nexisan index to newspaper articles and an excellent source of reviews of performances. Because it provides full content from newspapers around the world, you need to be quite specific in your search.  This blog tells you how.

SportsDiscus  – lots of articles on the physical and psychological elements of dance.