Performance Arts
[Dewey numbers: 791-2]

Dance [792.7-8]   Music [780s]  Drama [792] 


Dance (Yahoo!) - 
Categories in this directory include: Apparel; Books; Chats and Forums; Commercial; Dance Photography; Dance Therapy; Dancers; Disabilities; Education; Events; Festivals; Institutes; Libraries; Museums; News and Media; Notation and Documentation; Organizations; Performing Groups; Regional Information; Tour Operators; Web Directories; and Usenet. Dance types with links include: Ballet; Ballroom; Break Dance; Butoh; Capoeira; Ceroc; Contemporary; Contra Dancing; Country Western; Exotic Dancing; Flamenco; Folk and Traditional; Jazz; Line Dance; Merengue; Middle Eastern; Modern; Religious and Sacred Dance; Renaissance; Salsa; Samba; Scottish Country Dancing; Square Dance; Swing; Tango; and Tap.
Dance Library: Type of Dance -
A collection of links to dance information, organized according to the type or style of dance (i.e., ballet, ballroom, contemporary, flamenco, latino, etc.)
History of Modern Ballroom Dancing -
"This article traces the history of the International Dancesport championship modern standard ballroom dances: Viennese waltz, modern waltz, tango, slow foxtrot, and quickstep." Includes nice illustrations.
Dancesport UK -
This Web site, from England has information ballroom dances and competitions throughout the world.
An American Ballroom Companion -
The Library of Congress offers this set of dance instruction manuals from about 1490 to 1920. Throughout time, the ballroom has been a setting for ladies and gentlemen to demonstrate dancing abilities, show off the latest fashions, and illustrate mastery of polite behavior required in society.
African Music and Dance -
Pictures, streaming video, and lots of information about the dances of Africa. (C.K. Ladzekpo)
The Balanchine Library -
Information and photos of George Balanchine, the famous choreographer who was so influential on American modern dance and ballet.
The US Swing Dance Server -
Many links to information about swing dance styles, including an article about "What is swing dancing'" and a lexicon which describes the various terminology in descriptions of the various swing dance styles and variations.
Dance Pages -
Mostly ballet, but some other dance styles are included in this Web site. Includes links to topics such as: Paris Opera Ballet; Diaghilev's Ballets Russes; [Martha] Graham; Ballets; Dancers; Choreographers; Ballet composers; and Chronology.
Sapphire Swan Dance Directory -
Links to information on a wide variety of dance types and styles, including Balkan; Ballet; Ballroom; Belly; Cajun; Chinese; Clogging; Contra; Country Western; English Country; Flamenco; Folk; Greek; Historical; Hungarian; Indian; Irish; Jazz; Latin; Lindy Hop; Modern; Morris; Salsa; Samba; Scandinavian; Scottish; Square; Swing; Tango; Tap;  Vintage; and Zydeco. Also links to dance companies and other information about dance.
Cambodian Classical Dance -
Various styles of dance from Cambodia as well as links to dance Web sites on other Asian countries.
The World of Butoh Dance -
Butoh dance is the avant garde dance originated by Hijikata Tatsumi in 1960s in Japan. Pictures and background information is available.
Dance, Music, and Theaters of Bali -
Dances, music, and the theater of wayang (Indonesian shadow puppets) are other forms of expression laden with religious meanings for the people of Bali. Includes images and explanation of the dances. (Bali Online)
Artslynx International Dance Resources -
"Dance Links, Ballet Links, and other resources organized into accessible link libraries. The Dance pages from Artslynx attempt to allow users to easily navigate to the many amazing dance link libraries available online, but where we find gaps, Artslynx aims to fill them with it's own original set of dance and ballet resources. We hope that you find time to explore this unique dance link collection. All links are screened for high-quality content by Artslynx Editor, Richard Finkelstein."
The Early Moderns -
"A historical journey through the early years of modern dancing in the United States. You will meet some of the most important figures in American modern dance, see some of the dances they created, hear the music they worked with, and read about the cultural events that shaped their evolutions." From a course at the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Jackson HIStory Museum -
This brief history of dance focuses primarily on the Western world and serves as a glimpse into the power of dance in shaping and being shaped by culture. Connected to Michael Jackson and Sony music.
Gotta Dance: Dance Steps -
Written step sequences for popular ballroom dances. Includes: Standard Ballroom Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Rhythm, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Waltz; Standard Latin Dances: Latin Cha Cha, Jive, Mambo, Paso Doble, Rumba, and Samba; Social Dances: Rock 'n' Roll, Disco Rock, Social Cha Cha, and Other Dances; Group Dances: Tap and Jazz. (Kace Ong)
The Institute of Historical Dance -
Sections with links to information on: Renaissance dance, baroque dance, English country dance, other historical dance pages, general dance directories, dance quotes.
Video: Jazz Dance -
Brief online videos of dance routines. QuickTime required for viewing.
Variety and Virtuosity: American Ballet Theatre Now -
This site, based on a PBS show, has links to other Web pages about the American Ballet Theatre including: Body and Grace: American Ballet Theatre Photographs by Nancy Ellison. A superb collection of photographs showing the innovative New York ballet company.
Horon Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble -
The objective of the Horon Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble, headquartered in Monterey, California, is to promote Turkish culture through the performance of music and dance. It also strives to educate the general public and to build a community of people interested in Turkish dance.
Jareeda Magazine -
Jareeda, the international news magazine for Middle Eastern dance, has a very extensive set of links and files related to the origins, history and performance of the belly dance and other Middle Eastern dances.
History of Latin American Dancing -
"This article traces the history of the International Dancesport championship 'Latin & American' dances: samba, rumba, paso doble, cha-cha, and jive."
Tlingit Dance -
Brief but interesting information piece about the dance of the Tlingit people of Alaska.

Drama Resources

Theater (Yahoo!) -
Categories in this directory include: Regional; Acting; Actors and Actresses; Applied and Interactive Theater;       Awards; Booksellers; Columns and Columnists; Commedia Dell'Arte; Commercial; Cultures and Groups;       Directing; Drama Therapy; Dramaturgy; Education; Employment; Events; History; Improvisation; Institutes;       Journals; Kabuki; Kyogen and Noh; Magazines; Musicals; Mystery Plays; Organizations; Physical Theater; Plays; Playwrights; Rakugo; Reviews; Shadow Theater; Shows; Stage Combat; Theater Companies; Vaudeville; Web Directories; Youth Theater; and Usenet.
Aaron Shepard's Storybook: Folktales, Tall Tales, Legends & More -
A collection of scripts for readers' theater provided by storyteller, Aaron Shepard. Available for free educational use.
El Teatro Campesino -
Home of El Teatro Campesino, where you can find Teatro's colorful history and optimistic future, its founding director Luis Valdez, and meet Teatro Campesino's newest generation of creative forces, "Chicanos on the Run."
On Broadway WWW -
The On Broadway WWW Information Page include On-Broadway as well as Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway plays and musicals.
Screenwriters & Playwrights Home Page -
This page, which is frequently updated, is designed to meet the special needs of screen writers and playwrights.
The Dramatic Exchange -
The Dramatic Exchange is dedicated to archiving and distributing scripts, a place for playwrights to "publish" and distribute their plays, a place for producers to find new plays they might want to produce, and a place for anyone who is interested in drama to browse.
The Costume Site -
Need a costume for your drama or dance? Look here for it, plus many, many other related links to information. A great place to do historical research.
The History of Costume -
"The History of Costume, by Braun and Schneider, was originally published from 1861 to 1880 in Munich, and consisted of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century. It is an excellent source for students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers."
Kabuki For Everyone -
A superb site dedicated to exploring, explaining, and appreciating the classic form of Japanese theater known as "Kabuki". "Kabuki plays and dances may be about grand historical events or the everyday life of people in the Edo period (1600-1868)."
The Puppetry Home Page -
Many excellent links to things related to puppetry, classified into various styles and traditions: definitions, theaters, festivals, organizations, and many more interesting sites. Go down the page to see links to these sites.

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