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Learn some basic Library of Congress Subject Headings for your topic. Most dances will have their own subject headings, e.g. salsa, capoeira, etc. Another term to consider is ballroom dancing.
The call number range for DANCE is GV1580-1799, located on the third floor of the Main Stacks. Books in which dance is not the main subject will be located in other areas.
Subject headings for different ethnic groups in the U.S. include: hispanic americans, african americans, and asian americans.
Library of Congress subject headings often used for primary sources:
Biography (includes memoirs)
The Hidden History of Capoeira by Maya Talmon-Chvaicer
Publication Date: 2007
First brought to Brazil by African slaves and first documented in the late eighteenth century, capoeira has undergone many transformations as it has diffused throughout Brazilian society and beyond, taking on a multiplicity of meanings for those who participate in it and for the societies in which it is practiced. In this book, Maya Talmon-Chvaicer combines cultural history with anthropological research to offer an in-depth study of the development and meaning of capoeira, starting with the African cultures in which it originated and continuing up to the present day. Using a wealth of primary sources, Talmon-Chvaicer analyzes the outlooks on life, symbols, and rituals of the three major cultures that inspired capoeira—the Congolese (the historic area known today as Congo-Angola), the Yoruban, and the Catholic Portuguese cultures. As she traces the evolution of capoeira through successive historical eras, Talmon-Chvaicer maintains a dual perspective, depicting capoeira as it was experienced, observed, and understood by both Europeans and Africans, as well as by their descendants. This dual perspective uncovers many covert aspects of capoeira that have been repressed by the dominant Brazilian culture.
Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake by Julie Malnig (Editor)
Call Number: Main Library Stacks GV1781 .B35 2009
Publication Date: 2008
This dynamic collection documents the rich and varied history of social dance and the multiple styles it has generated, while drawing on some of the most current forms of critical and theoretical inquiry. The essays cover different historical periods and styles; encompass regional influences from North and South America, Britain, Europe, and Africa; and emphasize a variety of methodological approaches, including ethnography, anthropology, gender studies, and critical race theory. While social dance is defined primarily as dance performed by the public in ballrooms, clubs, dance halls, and other meeting spots, contributors also examine social dance’s symbiotic relationship with popular, theatrical stage dance forms.
Dancing across borders: danzas y bailes Mexicanos by Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Norma E. Cantú, and Brenda M. Romero. eds.
Call Number: Music Library GV1627 .D355 2009
Focuses specifically on Mexican dance practices on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays explore various types of Mexican popular and traditional dances and address questions of authenticity, aesthetics, identity, interpretation, and research methodologies in dance performance. Contributors include not only noted scholars from a variety of disciplines but also several dance practitioners who reflect on their engagement with dance and reveal subtexts of dance culture. (Univ. of Illinois)
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