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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 

Dance Online: Dance in Video, Vol. III is designed to meet the needs of today's dance students. Launching complete 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. 

Highlighted titles include: 

  • Titles from the Balanchine Foundation Video Archives offer a detailed analysis of selected passages from George Balanchine's choreography through coaching sessions with acclaimed dancers to preserve both the steps and nuances of the choreography as intended by Balanchine. The collection includes various Balanchine ballets and interviews with coaches and dancers, enabling dancers and scholars to acquire a more profound understanding and appreciation of Balanchine's work.
  • Ballet recordings from Monarda Arts, featuring choreography by Jiri Kylian and Hans van Manen. The recordings include Kaguyahime, L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Symphony of Psalms, Sinfonietta, and works set to the music of Beethoven, Prokofiev, Satie, Debussy, and Janacek. The ballets combine elements of western and eastern music and culture, and feature a variety of themes and styles, from fairy tales to abstract expressionism.
  •  Video productions from National Film Board of Canada showcasing different styles of dance and dance-related themes including Flamenco at 5:15, an Oscar-winning film that documents a flamenco dance class taught by two Spanish teachers to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada, and Pas de deux an Oscar-nominated film that presents a cinematic study of ballet choreography, highlighting the grace and beauty of two dancers from the Grands Ballets Canadiens as they perform a pas de deux in a dream-like, hypnotic effect.

Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume IV - The Dancio Collection — New!

The fourth volume of Dance Online, in collaboration with Dancio, showcases an exceptional catalog of world-class professional instructors. Classes are tailored to the needs of all levels from beginners to seasoned dancers covering an array of diverse dance style ranging from ballet to contemporary.  These expertly produced instructional titles provide detailed classes recorded in well-lit, distraction-free studios. Each class is meticulously described by a seasoned dance writer, ensuring clarity and relevance to enable students to grasp the subtle nuances of movement, posture, and expression.

This collection provides elite instruction for:

  • Ballet: instructed by world-renowned ballet dancers like Wendy Whelan, Irina Dvorovenko, Kathryn Morgan, and Craig Hall, provide for students from introductory to advanced levels to experience the elegance of elite ballet. 
  • Modern Dance: renowned instructor, such as Rachel Berman, Preston Miller, and Bradley Beakes guide from classical to contemporary styles, encompassing techniques pioneered by influential figures like Ailey, Graham, Cunningham, and other modern dance innovators at various skill level.
  • Contemporary Dance: led by luminaries in American dance, spanning contemporary free-form to hip-hop to West African contemporary. Embrace diverse techniques and exceptional teaching for a dynamic journey through contemporary styles.


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.


Included in Music and Dance Online



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