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Dance 260 Research Project: For Your Viewing Pleasure

A guide to help student's in Bonnie Simoa's Group Choreography class perform research for their assignments.

Be Bold with the Camera

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Sources of Free Dance Videos

  • Jacobs Pillow
    “The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive is an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today. Hundreds of performance excerpts may be browsed by artist, era, or genre, or explored through curated Playlists.

  • Alvin Ailey Dance Company
    ​For a limited time, Ailey is sharing full length videos of the Company performing on stage! You can also join the Ailey dancers for conversations on Instagram, live every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am PST. 

  • Merce Cunningham's Dance Capsules
    This organization’s abundance of digital content could keep you busy for weeks. Some possible starting points: the invaluable web series “Mondays With Merce,” compiled in a playlist on the trust’sYouTube channelvideos of “Night of 100 Solos,” last year’s celebration of Cunningham’s 100th birthday.

  • YouTube
    The one and only. You can access a huge number of dance videos here.

  • Vimeo
    Vimeo was born in 2004, created by a group of filmmakers who wanted an easy and beautiful way to share videos with their friends. It's a bit more high-brow than YouTube. Many dancers post their videos on Vimeo.

  • Films On Demand Dance Collection (Log in with your LCC L# and passphrase)
    Films On Demand is a collection of academic videos brought to you by the LCC Library. Their dance collection consists of 249 videos, with 49 of them devoted to choreography.
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