DANCE

Subject Librarian: Rachel Crane, Assistant Professor, Music & Fine Arts Librarian
Email: rache.crane@wichita.edu
Phone: 978-5078
Policy Created:  December 2003   Policy updated:

Purpose    Scope   Summary     Related Evaluations   Related Collections
Other Factors   Appendix A   Appendix B

A. Purpose of Collection

  1.      Program Information

A part of the School of Performing Arts, the dance program offers a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Performing Arts/Dance.  The program emphasizes modern dance with strong supportive classes in ballet and jazz.  Course offerings are designed to train and educate dance students pursuing a professional or liberal program.  Additionally, programs are structured to allow students from other academic disciplines to enroll in dance techniques courses to gain an understanding of dance and contribute to physical fitness.  There are currently no graduate degree programs in dance. 

In the Fall 2003 semester there were 34 Dance majors and approximately 440 students from all parts of the university enrolled in dance classes.  The dance program is an accredited member of the National Association of the Schools of Dance.
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2.      Collection Description

Collection holdings were compared against the bibliography contained in A Core Collection in Dance, edited by Mary E. Edsall, 2001.  This bibliography is the first work to list core books, video materials and periodicals in the areas of dance.  Periodicals are not discussed here, as their acquisition is tied to different budgetary constraints.  The results show that Wichita State’s holdings currently contain only 46% of all sources listed (excluding periodicals).  This is expected in some areas, such as dance preservation (10%), in which WSU offers no courses related to this specialization.  Other collecting areas are currently under supported.  For example the subdivision of Modern and Postmodern Dance, the most emphasized component of the WSU dance program, is notably deficient as the library owns only 48% of the listed core titles.  In the area of Ballet, another major area of study at WSU, the library owns only 58% of the recommended titles.  The low percentage of titles owned overall appears to have developed over a long period of time due to a shrinking budget, economic inflation, and an expansion in the range of programs offered.

See Appendix C.

Edsall, Mary E., ed.  A Core Collection in Dance.  Chicago: The American Library Association, 2001.

3.      Anticipated Trends

As all undergraduate dance students are required to fulfill two semesters of modern dance and one semester of ballet, along with a minimum of 24 hours of modern dance technique, the collection should continue to build a solid foundation of works on modern dance and ballet.  However, as the program offers such diverse course offerings to such a broad range of students, the collection should also reflect the strong needs of these programs.  Notably, a small collection of recordings, specifically related to dance should be developed and maintained as funds allow.
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B. Scope of Coverage

 1.     Chronological Focus

Modern dance is emphasized.  Historical works are collected more selectively to support the Modern and Ballet dance history classes.

 2.      Geographic Focus

Western Europe and North America are emphasized, but important works in other geographic areas are acquired without limitations.

 3.      Formats and Materials Collected

Acquisition is based on content.  As the subject matter is highly visual, videos are of prime importance.  Monographs, serials and sound recordings will also continue to be maintained. 

4.      Formats and Materials Not Collected

 None

 5.      Publication/Imprint Dates

Current publications are emphasized but older publications will be acquired to fill in collection gaps.  Antiquarian collecting is not pursued.

 6.      Place of Publication

 Place of publication is not a limiting factor.

 7.      Languages Collected
 

English is preferred.  French and Italian are appropriate for historical treatises.
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C. Summary of Subjects Collected and Collecting Levels

        (See Appendix A for Details)


D. Related Collection Evaluations

Please refer to: Collection Evaluation 2003 – Dance containing a description of the 2003 Faculty Survey and an analysis of Interlibrary Loan statistics.  This document may be found in the Collection Development and Subject Librarian offices.


E.  Related Collections and Cooperative Efforts

The Wichita Public Library offers a selection of dance videos, primarily classical ballet productions, dispersed throughout the library branches.  Students may also be referred to the performing arts collection at the central branch of the Wichita Public Library for monographs.
 

F. Other Factors

Appendix A – Specific Subjects Collected (with Collecting Levels)

Appendix B – Explanation of Collecting Levels and Codes

Appendix C – Collection comparison to A Core Collection in Dance

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APPENDIX A – SPECIFIC SUBJECTS COLLECTED (WITH COLLECTING LEVELS)

LC Class Divisions, Categories and Subjects CL   GL
         
GV1580-1605 Dancing (Dance in General) C1   C1
GV1607-1615 Ancient C2   C2
GV1617-1619 Modern C2   C1
GV1622-1625 North America E   D
GV1626-1641 Latin America E   D
GV1643-1688 Europe E   D
GV1689-1703 Asia E   D
GV1705-1713 Africa E   D
GV1715-1728 Australia, Pacific Islands E   D
GV1746-1771 Social & Ballroom Dancing, Round & Square Dances E   D
GV1779-1786 Theatrical Dancing E   C2
GV1787-1790 Ballet D   C1
GV1791-1799 Various Special Dances E   D

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APPENDIX B – EXPLANATION OF COLLECTING LEVELS AND CODES
 

APPENDIX C – COLLECTION COMPARISON TO A CORE COLLECTION IN DANCE, ed, by Mary E. Edsal

General Reference

51%

 

Historical Overviews

87%

 

Dance Biographies and Autobiographies

62%

 

Geographical Traditions: Africa

53%

 

Geographical Traditions: Americas

45%

 

Geographical Traditions: Asia

18%

 

Geographical Traditions: Europe

33%

 

Geographical Traditions: Mediterranean and Near East

17%

 

Geographical Traditions: Oceania

36%

 

African American Dance

64%

 

African Caribbean Dance
53%

 

Latin American Dance

30%

 

Spanish Dance

33%

 

Sacred and Liturgical Dance

18%

 

Western European Renaissance and Baroque Dance

37%

 

Ballet

58%

 

Modern and Postmodern Dance

48%

 

Jazz Dance

53%

 

Tap Dance

16%

 

European and American Social Dance: Folk Dancing

24%

 

European and American Social Dance: Square, Old Time, Contra, and Round Dancing

16%

 

European and American Social Dance: Ballroom, Club Dancing, Competition Dancing, and Dance Sport

26%

 

Variety Dance: Minstrel

75%

 

Variety Dance: Vaudeville

67%

 

Variety Dance: Burlesque

20%

 

Dance in Commercial Theatre and Movies

24%

 

Television and Video Dance

12%

 

Choreography

40%

 

Dance Production and Administration

37%

 

Dance Notation

30%

 

Dance Criticism

77%

 

Dance Theory

64%

 

Dance and Related Arts

53%

 

Dance Education

51%

 

Ethnology and Anthropology of Dance

61%

 

Dance Science and Medicine

58%

 

Dance Therapy

36%

 

Somatic Studies

27%

 

Dance Preservation

10%

 

 

Total number of titles listed:  1453

Total number of titles owned: 664 (46%)
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Written by: Rachel Crane