Dance Collection Development Policy


The Dance Collection Development Policy supports research, study and teaching of dance faculty and students in the Dance Division of the Department of Dramatic Art at UCSB.

Through the acquisition of material on the history of dance and the techniques of dance, the Library supports faculty and students in the two degree programs: the B.A. in Dance which provides preparation for careers in dance such as therapy (dance and psychological and brain sciences), arts management (dance and business), and historical research (dance and history); and the B.F.A. degree in dance prepares students for a professional career in performance and/or choreography through intensive study in both studio; performance and dance research.

Materials collected further support research, scholarship, and study in choreography, dance history, and dance production by dance and dramatic art faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Materials collected as well provide documentation for creative, historical, production and technical aspects of dance presentations and theatrical productions.

Although the primary mission of the dance collection is to support the programs of the Division of Dance & related areas in Dramatic Art, the collection also supports instruction and research relating to dance in the College of Creative Studies, in other humanities, in the social sciences (particularly in area, ethnic and gender studies) and in other departments and units throughout the university. In addition, the collection is frequently used by performers, teachers, researchers, & other campus visitors with an interest in the performing arts.

Primary subject areas

  • Anatomy & Health
  • Choreography
  • Costume
  • Dance (all eras and styles)
  • Dance History
  • Music Analysis & Music of the Dance
  • Musical Theater
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance
  • Production, including Multimedia
  • Repertory
  • Technique

Geographic areas & languages

Coverage is worldwide, with emphasis on Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, Caribbean & Latin America. Principal languages include English, French, & German. Materials in other languages are bought selectively.

Time periods

All time periods of dance history, from its earliest beginnings to the modern era

Types of dance

The collection strongly emphasizes dance literature pertinent to all historical periods and geographical areas of the western dance tradition, ballet, modern dance; the history of choreography and choreographers; dance music and music literature pertinent to these areas. The collection is growing in the areas of folk dance and dance traditions in countries of the world, dance in non-western traditions; American and western social dance (ballroom, jazz, tap, swing & modern styles); and dance of the musical theater.


Dance researchers, scholars and performers use a wide array of materials in many types: print, visual, audio-visual, audio and electronic. The collection contains formats that best meet the varying needs of performance, production and historical studies. Predominant formats currently represented include:

  • Monographs & monographic series in print from university, professional, popular (trade) and small presses;
  • Videos, VHS & DVD, including documentaries, creative works and commercial releases. These formats are widely used in the dance program;
  • Journals and magazines of the academic, popular, professional & research serial literature;
  • Electronic resources (journals, monographs, indexes, abstracts, & text databases), are acquired as funding allows. Relevant electronic resources are acquired in collaboration with other collections; with the Humanities Interdisciplinary collection and/or in collaboration or as a result of consortial agreements with the UC Performing Arts and related consortiums, campuses through the California Digital Library or in collaboration with other librarians.
  • Other Resources:  Interlibrary loan for material held in circulating collections in the UC system is available for current faculty, academics, staff & students. Interlibrary loan beyond the UC system is available to UCSB current faculty, academics, staff and graduate students. Archival collections with collection strengths in areas of dance such as choreography, dance music, or dance in art, including UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UCLA, California State University (Chico) & the Getty Research Institute, can be accessed via the Online Archive of California (OAC).
  • Consortia and Cooperative Agreements: When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections, primarily through the California Digital Library & the dance librarian's participation in the Performing Arts Consortia. UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials. Research in dance is enhanced by numerous UC CDL-supported databases
  • Faculty & student recommendations:   As the collection primarily serves faculty research, curriculum development & performance needs, as well as student research, study, & performance needs, frequent & active interaction and collaboration between students, faculty and the dance collection manager (librarian) contributes to develop the collection to best meet the library needs of its principal audience.

For further details on this collection development policy or to make purchase recommendations, please contact:

Eunice Schroeder
Arts Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
(805) 893-3612
(805) 893-4676 fax
schroede [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu