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Dance Online: Dance in Video

Dance Online: Dance in Video

Dance Online: Dance in Video addresses a key need for academic dance research by providing access to performances and instruction to scholars, researchers, and students in the field of dance. With the extensive collection of performances, instructional materials, documentaries, and interviews, these collections offer a rich source of inspiration and knowledge. Whether you're conducting research on a specific dance style or choreographer, studying technical aspects of dance, or exploring the history and cultural significance of dance, Dance Online: Dance in Video provides a valuable resource for academic research in the field of dance. 


These collections showcase high-caliber performances from the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, spanning from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance, and offering a unique opportunity to study and analyze the fusion between styles. The instructional materials cover specific techniques, such as basic and advanced ballet techniques, jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, and pointe technique, providing a valuable resource for technical analysis and study. The documentaries and interviews with performers and choreographers offer insights into the creative process, allowing researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural context of the performances. The diverse content supports a wide range of courses, from dance history and dance appreciation to choreography, dance composition, and improvisation.


Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume I

Dance in Video: Volume I lays the foundation for the study of dance in all its forms with 500 hours of content in modern dance, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and more.

Films feature many of the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, including Agnes de Mille, Mark Morris, Lestor Horton, Anna Sokolow, Anthony Tudor, Jose Limon, Paul Draper, and Chuck Green. Featured performances in Volume I include:

  • Points in Space (Merce Cunningham Dance Company)
  • Strange Fish (DV8 Physical Theatre)
  • L’histoire du Soldat (Nederlands Dans Theatre)
  • Peter and the Wolf (The Royal Ballet School)
  • Rainbow Round My Shoulder (Donald McKayle)
  • 15 Days of Dance (American Ballet Theatre Studio Company)
  • Highlights from the Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance in Video: Volume I also includes an array of rare and hard-to-find archival material, including footage from the George Balanchine Interpreters Archive and Archive of Lost Choreography, and historical footage from Creative Arts Television, featuring dance performances from 1950s and 1960s CBS television productions.

Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume II

The second volume expands upon the foundation built in Volume I, providing 400 hours of video that showcase a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Kirov Ballet, and Compañía Nacional de Danza.

Students seeking to fine-tune specific techniques can explore instructional materials from the George Balanchine Foundation covering basic and advanced ballet techniques, including jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, pointe technique, and more.

To round out the study of dance, Volume II also incorporates interviews and documentaries featuring Trey McIntyre, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcy Bussell, Yvonne Meier, Saburo Teshigawara, and other key performers and choreographers.

Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume III - Coming Soon!

Dance Online: Dance in Video, Vol. III is an immersive collection designed to meet the needs of today's dance students. With 150+ hours of high-caliber performances this collection spans a range of styles, from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance. These performances push boundaries and offer a fusion between styles, providing a unique opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer. In addition to top-notch performances, the third volume offers instructional videos, documentaries, and interviews with world-class performers and choreographers. These resources allow dancers to gain insights and improve their technical skills. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or just starting out, Dance Online: Dance in Video, Vol. III provides an accessible resource for the study of dance. 


Tools to support teaching and learning

All volumes of Dance Online: Dance in Video are available on Alexander Street’s online interface, which provides an array of features to enhance teaching and learning:

  • The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of dance faculty and students. Search and browse by performer, dance company, technique, genre, choreographer, and more.
  • Unlike physical DVDs, online streaming makes it easy to queue up video for in-class or assigned watching, and allows unlimited simultaneous viewers on-campus or off.
  • Clip-making tools, personalized playlists, and annotations let you integrate content straight into your syllabus or LMS.
  • Synchronized, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video, enhancing navigation and access.



The browse features are wonderfully conceived and offer excellent strategies to access and sort content...Browsing by venues is a welcome feature, as festivals figure so prominently in the dance community.

V. J. Novara, University of Maryland