Dance Online: Dance in Video

Series: Our favourite State Library eresources.

People often ask us what our most loved eresources are. Admittedly we all have a favourite, or two, or three. It’s hard to pick as there are so many wonderful State Library eresources available. In this series our Librarians and Library Technicians share with you their most favourite eresources and how they’ve been used to solve research queries. 

Next in the series we look at Dance Online: Dance in Video, a big favourite of Librarian Leang Peou.

Image of Dance Online: Dance in Video database home page

So why is Dance in Video so fabulous?

This database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. It also includes rare and hard-to-find archival footage. It’s an endless source of dance inspiration.

Best of all, you can access Dance in Video online from home with your free State Library membership

A bit more about Dance in Video content

Video selections cover the following dance genres:

  • ballet
  • tap
  • jazz
  • contemporary
  • experimental
  • improvisational dance
  • modern concert dance

Material types include the following:

  • Documentaries
  • Editorials
  • Instructional
  • Interviews
  • Performances

Videos can be browsed by the various categories, including people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue.

My favourite part of Dance in Video

There is wonderful coverage in this database of traditional folkloric dances from around the world. Brazilian Samba, Scottish Highland dance, African dance, Spanish Flamenco, and my favourite… the Dances of Bali.

This full documentary of Balinese dances is delightful to watch.

Image of video for "Dances of Bali" from Dance Online: Dance in Video database

The video shows:

  • Solo, duo and group dances on the stage with musical instruments and musicians
  • Dancers in traditional costumes (male, female, animal, spiritual)
  • Postures including head, hand and foot movements expressing feelings
  • Interviews with the dance teacher and dancers 

Join now, start searching Dance in Video and create your own playlists or video clips.

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