Digital Dance Archives

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Scope and Content

The Digital Dance Archives offer access to digitised content from multiple dance collections. Video, photographic and art materials are featured, depicting the work of several leading figures and movements in British dance over the last century.

Rudolf Laban, Eilean Pearcey, Revived Greek Dance and Yolande Snaith are among those represented across modern, post-modern and contemporary British dance performance and development.

The history of dance and its innovations in Britain during the 20th and early 21st century can be searched through this archive. Users can tag or annotate items, make and share personalised scrapbooks and browse material by collection, people or time periods. Many of the Digital Dance Archive's features are available to all, though users should register on the site to get the full benefit of its enhanced features - such as the personalised scrapbook.

Conditions Governing Access

Unless otherwise stated, content within this collection is licensed under Creative Commons.


This is a description of a themed collection. Themed collections are curated collections of archival resources, which are often digitised and made available through a portal on the internet. In this description, you will find information about the themed collection, including what it contains, and a link to where you can find out more and access the material.

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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: University of Surrey

Additional Information

This collection is of particular use to those teaching and studying modern and contemporary dance, as well as those working in the wider fields of performance and movement studies.

It is also of use to those researching the history of dance, the history of performance and the theatre and the evolution of dance alongside other important intellectual developments of the 20th century - such as psychology and psychiatry.

Users can search the archives via text-based methods and unique software has also been developed to enable searching by shape, colour, gesture and pattern across still and moving images.

The scrapbook facility offers users another enhanced experience - content can be annotated and arranged, according to the user's interest and scrapbooks can be private or shared for teaching and learning purposes.