An American Ballroom Companion

From the Library of Congress's American History Project, this site "presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another."

The Dance Patterns Database

According to Intute, "This is the website for the Dance Patterns Database, created by Markus Bader. It is a shareware program, enabling download of the version for free. The Windows program is designed with the aim of helping users to learn dance moves (at present there are over 220 available - 65 of them with video and picture sequence). There is also the option to create your own dance moves, and to print, animate and export these moves. Although the program is freely available to download, it is recommended that users register (for a fee) to enable to fully access the service. The sections of the website cover Registration, Download, FAQ and Patterns. Among the dance styles covered are the Rumba, Paso Doble, Tango and American Swing. The program works on all 32bit Windows operating systems, and requires a processor with at least 500 MHz and RAM of 64 MB are needed in order to use the video sequences."

Dance Images in the New York Public Library Digital Collection

From the New York Public Library, this collection holds dance photographs and prints. The collection can be browsed freely from a single album or searched based on keyword. The collection is primarily based on images from the twentieth century. The images in the collection can be used for personal, educational or research purposes.

Global Performing Arts Database (GLOPAD)

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection

"The Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress consists of moving images materials that document the extraordinary journey of a woman who changed the face of American modern dance. Selected material, including vodeos on dance technique and fieldwork, are abailable via this Web presentation." Videos are available in MPEG or RealMedia formats.

Siobhan Davies Replay

"The Siobhan Davies Archive project began in January 2007, with the aim of bringing together all of the material and documentation associated with Davies' choreographies into a single collection. Its is the first online dance archive in the UK and contains thousands of fully searchable digital records including moving images, still images, audio, and text." While dedicated to a single artist, this is the largest digital collection of material specifically dedicated to dance that this author has seen.

WorldImages Kiosk

WorldImages Kiosk provides access to California State University's IMAGE project, providing access to over over 50,000 images. The database includes all areas of visual imagery, and divides these areas into different portfolios. The arts and architecture portfolio is further divided by subjects and dates, which are all then further subdivided. While this enables browsing, it can be difficult to navigate. One can view all of the portfolios by clicking on the "portfolios list" in the menu.

Applied arts, design, graphic arts, and special selections are also included collections. The images found in these collections are large and good quality, and can even be zoomed in on with software called 'zoomify.'

Dance portfolio


Since 2005, Youtube has been the most popular video hosting and sharing site on the internet. Almost any video or film clip can be found here, making it an invaluable resource for scholars teaching or studying media such as film, dance, music, and theater. The copyright policies depend on the user, so please check with him or her before using any video. Youtube official copyright policy can be found here, though it pertains mostly to those who want to use parts of videos found on Youtube for their own videos. Youtube has its own channel where tips on how to use the site can be found. Read more about Youtube here. Youtube can easily be inserted into a Powerpoint. How it is inserted depends on whether you have a Mac or a PC, and whether you will have a reliable internet connection or not.

For a PC:
With an internet connection:
The easiest approach is to embed the video directly into the powerpoint, provided that you will have an internet connection. To do this, download the Youtube Plug-in Wizard from Once it is installed, a new "insert Youtube video" button will appear in your toolbar. Simply type in the URL of the video, and follow the instructions of the wizard.

For a Mac/PC
Without an internet connection:
If you don't have an internet connection, you'll need to download the video and convert it to a file format that Powerpoint recognizes. I like to use MPEG Streamclip,, but you can also use Zamzar,, and online file converter that you don't need to download. The only drawback with this is that Zamzar emails you a link where you can download your converted video, and this can be a slow process. In addition, the conversion has failed for me several times. With both sites, you can copy and paste the URL for the Youtube video into the designated field, choose which format you would like it to be converted into, and then download it. Make sure that whichever file format you choose is supported by the Powerpoint version you will be using. I have Powerpoint 2004, and MP4 worked for me. You can find this information in your Powerpoint help section. You also need to make sure that your movie and your Powerpoint presentation are saved in the same folder, as Powerpoint does not save the movie file all together. There are many ways to do this, but this is simple what worked best for me after a lot of trial and error. You can read more about this process at Digital Inspiration , the Laundry Room, and the Powerpoint Team Blog.
Selected channels:
-Ballet Video Clips
-New York City Ballet
-Addicted to Salsa
-World Dance New York
-Your Dance Channel