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Getting Started

Not sure where to start?

Have a look at our How To... page for our three part tutorial on conducting library research. The Starting Your Research tutorial (Part 2) is tailored to Dance topics. 

You will also find guidance on searching Library databases, from some of our database providers.


Search these specialist databases to find journal articles, book chapters and other academic research papers in your subject. Most provide the full PDF text, but sometimes there may be just brief details (citation and abstract) of the articles. Click the Full Text Finder button to see if  you can access the full text via our ejournals;  if not, you can order it free via Interlibrary Loan.  

Research methods resources

A handy guide to Theatre and Dance content in Artstor can be found here.


Most of our print books on Dance can be found at the following locations:

792.78 to 792.845

2nd floor

Dance performance and theatrical production, including ballet and choreography

793 to 793.37

3rd floor

Social, folk, and national dancing; history, modern dance, dance notation

Other subjects relating to Dance can be found at:

306.4 - 306.4846 

1st floor

(anthropology/sociology of dance, music, performing arts)


2nd floor

Exercise physiology


2nd floor

Alexander technique



2nd floor

Body Alignment

Dance therapy 


2nd floor

Dance injuries 

780 – 789 

2nd floor





Arc​hives and Special Collections

Located in the Foyle Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the library, these include the following unique Dance collections. Please note that these items may not be borrowed and consultation is by appointment only:

​​Ann Hutchinson Guest Collection
Hutchinson Guest’s books, journals and personal archives, relating to the Language of Dance Centre (LODC) and Labanotation. Archival material is closed access; some books are on open shelves.

Monica Collingwood Collection 
Scrapbooks, programmes and other ephemera collected by a ballet enthusiast from 1929-1999.  Closed access, but some can be seen on display in the Foyle room.

Naseem Khan Collection of books relating to South Asian classical dance, art, and music. 
Shelved in locked cabinets, available on request.

Print journals 
Most of our journals are online, accessible via the Ejournals finder, but we have a few current print subscriptions too. The most recent issues (from the current/previous year) are on the ground floor, older issues on 2nd floor, shelved A-Z by title.  

Animated: magazine of the Foundation for Community Dance

Ballet review

Ballettanz, das Jahrbuch

Dance Europe

Dance gazette

Dance magazine

Dance Research (print to 2014; also online)

Dance Theatre Journal (to 2008)

Dance UK news (Renamed One Dance UK from 2017)

Dancing times

Etnofoor (Anthropology)

Movement, dance & drama

Moving on : Dance Therapy Association of Australia quarterly

Nordic journal of dance : practice, education and research

One Dance UK (formerly Dance UK News to 2016)

Pulse: Asian music and dance (formerly Ex-Tradition)

Sruti : India's premier music and dance magazine

Tanz : Zeitschrift fur Ballett, Tanz und Performance


Audio-Visual collection: 3rd floor
Borrowable DVDs and CDs, including a wide range of music and dance recordings. DVDs are shelved by Dewey classmark and CDs by number, on the 3rd floor. There are AV players available and DVDs can be viewed in study rooms.

Printed Music Scores Collection

A selection of borrowable music scores, shelved by size (Miniature/Standard/Oversize), then by either composer’s surname or by instrument (keyboard, violin, vocal scores etc.).


Most are accessible to Roehampton staff and students via the SCONUL scheme, but always contact any library before visiting. 

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