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Women's History Month : Women in the Performing Arts: DANCE

Selected resources on women in the performing arts



(Recent additions to the collection are highlighted in yellow.)

Banes, Sally. Dancing women : female bodies on stage. New York ; London : Routledge, 1998. NN316.2 B223d

Bennahum, Ninotchka, Wendy Perron, Bruce Robertson, Simone Forti, John Rockwell, and Morton Subotnick. Radical Bodies : Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-1972. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. NN305 .R118ha

Bentley, Toni. Sisters of Salome. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2002. NN309 A .B446s

Berson, Jessica. The naked result : how exotic dance became big business. New York : Oxford University Press, 2016. PN1949.St8 B46na

Brooks, Lynn Matluck. Women's work : making dance in Europe before 1800. Studies in Dance History. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. NN316.2 .W842b

Buonaventura, Wendy, 1950-. Something in the way she moves : dancing women from Salome to Madonna. Cambridge, MA : DaCapo Press, 2004. NN316.2 .B888s

Carter, Alexandra, and Janet O'Shea. Routledge dance studies reader. Second ed. London : Routledge, 2010. NN316 .R765c 2010

Eliot, Karen. Dancing lives : five female dancers from the Ballet d'Action to Merce Cunningham. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2007. NN309 .A .Eℓ45d

Fraser, Kathleen Wittick. Before they were belly dancers : European accounts of female entertainers in Egypt, 1760-1870. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015. NN288.B417 F863be

Friedler, Sharon E, and Susan Glazer. Dancing Female : Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance. Choreography and Dance Studies, V. 12. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, 1997. NN316.2 D195f

George-Graves, Nadine Urban Bush Women : twenty years of African American dance theater, community engagement, and working it out. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, 2010 NN304.Ur1 G293r and eBook

Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. Waltzing in the dark : African American vaudeville and race politics in the swing era. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996. NN309.W383 G717w

Jackson, Gale. Put your hands on your hips and act like a woman : Black history and poetics in performance. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2020. ML539 .J134pu

Kolb, Alexandra, and Sophia Kalogeropoulou. In defence of ballet : women, agency and the philosophy of pleasure. Dance Research : The Journal of the Society for Dance Research 30, no. 2 (2012) : 107-25. JSTOR

Kraut, Anthea. Choreographing copyright : race, gender, and intellectual prroperty rights in American dance. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2016. KF3054 .K869ch

Mckeon, Olive. The Wallflower Order and social reproduction : gender, work, and feminist dance. TDR : The Drama Review, Volume 62, Number 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 31-45. EBSCO

Meglin, Joellen A., and Lynn Matluck Brooks. Where are all the women choreographers in ballet?. Dance Chronicle, Volume 35, Number 1 (January 2012), pp. 1-7. Periodicals

Morcom, Anna. Illicit worlds of Indian dance : cultures of exclusion. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2013. NN290.In2 M799iℓ

Price, David. Cancan! London : Cygnus Arts, 1998. NN308.C16 P931

Pruiksma, Rose. Of dancing girls and sarabandes. Journal of Musicology, Volume 35, Number 2 (2018), pp. 145-182. EBSCO

Regehr, Kaitlyn, and Matilda Temperley. The League of Exotic Dancers : legends from American burlesque. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017. PN1949.St8 R262ℓe

Vincent, Lawrence M. Competing with the sylph : the quest for the perfect dance body. 2nd edition. Pennington, N.J. : Princeton Book Co., 1989. NP27 V473c 1989


Black Ballerina. Produced by Frances McElroy. Directed by Daniel McGowan and Shirley Road Productions. Shirley Road Productions, 2016. DVD 1491

Sensuality & nationalism in romantic ballet. Screenplay by Claudia Jeschke and Robert Atwood. Dancetime Publications, 2012. DVD 1007