Dance Bibliography

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Includes books, articles,academic studies, and links to notable researchers' websites where appropriate

See also Books, Articles, and Academic Studies - Music for music (tune) research.


  • Jeremy Barlow, Jeremy specialises in English popular and dance music from 1550 to 1750, and also has a particular interest in the illustration of music and social dance over the centuries.
  • Chris Brady; Research on Traditional Dancing, Chris Brady's website containing many articles and facsimiles pertinent to various aspects of dance, including quadrilles, the 1993 Hornpipe Conference, step and clog, English, Irish and Welsh etc., etc.
  • Social Dance; a short history, A.H. Franks, 1964, Routledge Keegan paul, London
  • English Folk Dancing, Douglas.N.Kennedy, 1964, Bell, London
  • English Folk Song and Dance, Frank Kidson and Mary Neal, 1915, Cambridge University Press (Reprint 1972 - EP Publishing)
  • The Histories of the Morris in Britain , Ed., and introduced, by Michael Heaney, Papers from a conference held at Cecil Sharp House, London, 25 - 26 March 2017, organized in partnership by Historical Dance Society with English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation and Open Morris. 2018 print or PDF available at VWML
  • The Country Dance Book Books I-VI, Cecil J Sharp, 1909 - 22, Novello, London
  • Dance in Society, no author given, International Library of Sociology, 1969, reprinted by Routledge 2010, Google Books
  • Primary Dance Sources: An Annotated Bibliography, Matthias, Geoffrey, 1988-91.inLetterof Dance, vol. 1, Louisville, KT: Cafe Press.[1]
  • Dancing Master or Hop Merchant? The Role of the Dance Teacher through the Ages, ed.Segal, Barbara, Salisbury: Early Dance Circle, [2]

Other British

  • Dance in Society - Middle Ages to the Present Day, Frances Rust, 1969, Routledge Keegan Paul
  • Highland Balls and Village Halls, G.W.Lockhart, 1985, 2nd ed. 1997, Luath Press Ltd. Edinburgh
  • Scotland's Dances, H.A. Thurston, 1954, Bell, London


  • A Time to Dance American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash. Richard Nevell, 1977. St.Martin's Press, New York.
  • City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in North America, W.J.Walkowitz, NYU Press,2013. This is the story of English Country Dance, from its 18th century roots in the English cities and countryside, to its transatlantic leap to the U.S. in the 20th century, told by not only a renowned historian but also a folk dancer, who has both immersed himself in the rich history of the folk tradition and rehearsed its steps.
  • The Dance - An Historical Survey of Dancing in Europe, Cecil J Sharp and A P Oppe, 1924, Halton & Truscott Smith Ltd (London) Minton,Balch & Co.(New York)
  • European Folk Dance, Its National and Musical Characteristics. Joan Lawson, 1953.Sir Isaac pitman & sons Ltd. London
  • Folk Dance of Europe, Nigel Allenby Jaffé, 1990. Folk Dance Enterprises, Skipton, N.Yorks. ISBN 0-946247-15-3
  • Historical Dances - 12th -19th Century, Their manner of Peformance and their Place in the Social Life of the Time. Melusine Wood, 1952, 1982. Dance Books Ltd, London. ISBN 0-903102-70-6
  • Selected American Country Dances and Their English Sources, from MUSIC IN COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS 1630–1820, JOY VAN CLEEF and KATE VAN WINKLE KELLER Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • Take Your Partner - Traditional Dancing in Australia, Shirley Andrews, 1979, Griffin Press, S.Australia
  • World history of the dance, Curt Sachs (Translated by B. Schönberg), 1963, Norton, New York

See also Books, Articles, and Academic Studies - Music for music (tune) research.