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Pearl Primus in "Strange Fruit"

The Library for the Performing Arts’s exhibition on political cabaret focuses on the three series associated with Isaiah Sheffer, whose Papers are in the Billy Rose Theatre Division.Read More ›

Boris Anisfeld Costume Designs

The Dance Division has over forty-five original costume designs by artist and designer Boris Anisfeld. We are thrilled to now include them in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

Garden Fashion at Anti-Prom

It is almost time for the Library’s fabulous Anti-Prom. On Friday, June 17, New York teens will assemble on the steps of the Schwarzman Building and reveal to each other and the staff volunteers their prom wear. Read More ›

Searching for Irina Baronova in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Irina Baronova—Tennant's mother—and what it means to have your collection be acquired by the Library.Read More ›

Everybody’s Guide to Gus Solomons jr’s Dances for Alternative Spaces

The intersection of dance and architecture and his own site-specific work.Read More ›

Treasure Hunting at the Library for Performing Arts

Representations of Asian dance forms in the visual arts as researched from reading Gods Who Dance, written by American dancer Ted Shawn (1891-1972).Read More ›

The Same Joy: A Tale of Two Ballet Masters, Balanchine and Bournonville

How professional dancers can use the Library's collection to prepare for a season's dances and comparing two ballet masters, George Balanchine and August Bournonville.Read More ›

Edwin Denby: Memory, History and Documentation

Personal thoughts on Edwin Denby, modern dance and criticism, and documentation.Read More ›

Black American Dance Narratives: A Survey of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

A narrative outline of African and American contributions to culture and dance from the autobiographical point-of-view of a black female student/practitioner of dance in the twenty-first century.Read More ›

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellows Project

Meet the six fellows chosen by the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, each granted an honorarium to support their research and writing during six months of immersion in the collections.Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: La Marseillaise

Isadora Duncan received a huge ovation for La Marseillaise. She was to repeat the performance again several weeks later, and a reviewer in the French theater journal La Rampe exclaimed breathlessly that "she lifted souls to the sublime and left them trembling with excitement."Read More ›

Ep. 20 "Those Endless Possibilities" | Library Stories

As a dancer for the New York City Ballet and a self-described "nerd" for ballet history, Silas has made the dance collection at LPA an integral part of his life and career.Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: Florence Mills

Florence Mills was famed for her birdlike voice as well as her spontaneous dancing during her numbers. She was one of the most popular entertainers of the early 1920s in New York, London, and Paris, and yet, perhaps because she died at age 32, her fame has not survived. Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

The 1915-1916 tour, which included the Palace Theatre run, was the first to feature dancers from the Ruth St. Denis School of Dancing and its Related Arts, which was founded in the summer of 1915 and which became known, in a mingling of the two founders’ names, as Denishawn.Read More ›

Dance Broadside Collection on Exhibit in LPA Reading Room

The Dance Broadside Collection was recently processed and made available to the public. A new exhibit showcasing a few pieces from this collection is now located in the Library for Performing Arts third floor reading room. Read More ›

2,000 Public Domain Prints Available From the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The Dance Division collects "prints depicting dance," covering a wide range of subjects, including portraits of dancers, dance performances and rehearsals, spectacle and horse ballet, advertisements showing dance, and satire. Here are a few favorites from the public domain.Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: The Whirl of Life

Happy New Year! Rather than look back at 2015, we’re going back 100 years for the first in a series of blog  posts featuring events in dance history from (about) 100 years ago. And I’m starting with something that is personally meaningful to me, as a ballroom dancer: Vernon and Irene Castle in the silent film, The Whirl of Life.

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Merce Cunningham Archive

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is proud to announce that the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Inc, records, Additions is now open. This collection is 141.44 linear feet comprising 315 boxes, 41 tubes and 116.1 gigabytes of electronic records and digitized content. Read More ›
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