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Online Digital Archive

The Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) is pleased to announce the third phase of Online Digital Archive, generously sponsored in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.   A total of twenty dance excerpts have been added to the DNB’s YouTube Channel and their corresponding Labanotation excerpts added to the DNB website. The new additions cover both ballet and modern works by world-renowned choreographers, such as Isadora Duncan, Choo San Goh, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, Murray Louis, Moses Pendleton, Helen Tamiris, among others.

The aim for the Online Digital Archive is to provide visual references to our Notated Theatrical Dances Collection, which has an online catalog.

The Dance Notation Bureau Library has more than 820 notated theatrical dance scores in its Archive.  Many of the dances are available for educational and research purposes.  Scores used for performance may be arranged through a contract with the DNB.  For educational and research inquiries, please contact library@dancenotation.org; for staging inquiries, billkiley@dancenotation.org

The complete list of dances for this phase is as follows:

Affectionate Infirmities by Joan Woodbury
Ariadne by Ze’eva Cohen
Bach Suite by Murray Louis
Beginnings by Choo San Goh
Brahms Waltzes by Isadora Duncan
Children on the Hill by Moses Pendleton
Dad's Ties by Beverly Blossom
Dances of Isadora Duncan by Duncan
Dance for Walt Whitman by Helen Tamiris
Dan's Run Penny Supper by Dan Wagoner
Day on Earth by Doris Humphrey
En Dolor by Ethel Winter
A Gift of Wings by Rosalind Pierson
Homage to Mahler by Hanya Holm
Rota by Hanya Holm
Scenes from the Music of Charles Ives by Anna Sokolow
The Shakers by Doris Humphrey
A Short Lecture and Demonstration of Ragtime by Anna Sokolow
Three by Three by Linda Crist
The Village I Knew by Sophie Maslow

Facts about the DNB

Since 1940, the Dance Notation Bureau's (DNB) mission has been to ensure that theatrical dances will continue to be performed in versions true to the choreographer's artistic vision. The DNB preserves dance legacies and promotes dance literacy through the teaching and use of Labanotation to record and stage choreographed dances.

Archives contain 807 scores of 276 different choreographers. The catalog is searchable on-line on the DNB website:

51 of Paul Taylor (staff notator for more than 20 years)
44 of George Balanchine including Symphony Concertante, generally thought to be lost
35 of Doris Humphrey
29 of Antony Tudor
28 of Jose Limon
19 of Anna Sokolow
19 of Martha Graham (another being notated in 2012)
16 of Ruth St. Denis
12 of Charles Weidman
10 of Kurt Jooss
6 of Ted Shawn
6 of Helen Tamiris
6 of Murray Louis
5 of Laura Dean
5 of Katherine Dunham
5 of Mary Wigman
5 of Leonide Massine
4 of Agnes de Mille
4 of Merce Cunningham
3 of Alvin Ailey
3 of David Parsons
2 of Mark Morris
2 of Alwin Nikolais
2 of Yvonne Rainer
1 of Robert Battle
1 of William Forsythe
1 of Lin Hwai-min

More than 10,000 related items that accompany scores (videos; photos; music scores and recordings; programs; costume, hair, makeup, lighting, scenery, prop designs)

156 performances last year contracted by DNB

461 distinct dance companies, university dance departments and individuals have contracted with the DNB for stagings

Performance outreach: the DNB taught dance companies/studios to read Labanotation:

New York Theatre Ballet: all dancers learned to read. They performed Tudor's Soiree Musicale from score
Martha Graham. 24 dancers attended, reading parts of Graham's Steps in the Street
Limon school, 15 dancers attended, reading part of Limon's Vivaldi Concerto
Sessions at NDEO, WDA, Kaatsbaan

39 Certified notators
213 Certified teachers of Labanotation
4,722 certifications in Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Labanotation (since 1985 -- many currently at the DNB were certified before then)


Stagings Around the World

For recent stagings around the world, please click here.

The Dance Notation Bureau is constantly adding new, revised, and transcribed scores to its collection. Below is a list of some recent acquisitions:

New Scores

Gloria by Mark Morris, 1981. Notated by Sandra Aberkalns, 2016.

Transcribed Scores

Dreams by Anna Sokolow, 1961. Notated by Ray Cook, 1974. Transcribed into LabanWriter by Mira Kim, 2014.

Steps of Silence by Anna Sokolow, 1968. Notated by Ray Cook, 1975. Transcribed into LabanWriter by Mira Kim, 2015.