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The Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index (DELRdi) is an index of literature and research from 1926 to the present that informs teaching, learning, and future directions of research in the field of dance education. It contains extensive descriptions of more than nine thousand literary works including theses, dissertations, journal articles, conference proceedings and other documents from over 200+ different publications, more than 200 university dance programs, many organizations, government agencies, and individuals. In addition to providing basic citation information, the DELRdi provides detailed descriptive information on the methodology, techniques, and characteristics of the literature documented in the index. Full text of a document is included when permission is granted by the copyright holder. The DELRdi is the culminating product of a three-year research project supported by the United States Department of Education (2001-2004).


DELRdi contains over 9,000 documents.

What does DELRdi do?

  • Provides a body of knowledge for dance education
  • Targets whatever impacts teaching and learning in or through dance
  • Provides a history about dance education and the educational process
  • Defines methodologies of research and research techniques
  • Presents a description of the document, an abstract, or full text when copyright permission is granted
  • Informs the user where to locate and access the original document

What can DELRdi do for YOU?

  • Offers researchers a showcase for their work
  • Targets issues in your dance education research
  • Provides a concentrated collection of Dance Education research and literature
  • Presents the work of leading dance educators in the field
  • Broadens the perspective of researchers in other fields that write about dance education
  • Offers hours of fun and amusement to view the work of people you know or topics of interest



About the Live Grid

The Grid provides statistical data for the total number of documents in the DELRdi for each of the five drop-down categories on the right side of the search page. We call it a “live” grid because tallies continually grow and change as new data are entered into the DELRdi database.

The purpose of the Grid is to reveal patterns, trends, and gaps that exist in dance education research and literature. The book, Research Priorities for Dance Education (2004), is based on statistics in the original Grid developed from 2,339 documents culled in 2002. Analysis of the rich information the Grid provided at that time is available in full text in DELRdi. Similar analysis is being gleaned from the current DELRdi from more than 8,000 documents, but you can do your own analyses based on your individual needs.

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What categories are included in the Live Grid?

The current categories listed in the Grid were developed for a Research in Dance Education initiative (2001-2004) supported by a substantial grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE). The initial list of “Education Issues” identified those issues the DoE considered critical to US education. The research team supplemented the list with critical issues specific to dance arts education. A second list identified the “Populations Served” by US dance educators. The third list identified the “Areas of Service” dance educators served across America. “Research Methods” and "Research Techniques” tracked research practices employed over decades.

Why you should use the Live Grid?

The Grid is a cross-category snapshot of research topics arranged in alphabetical order and color-coded from light-to-dark according to the number of documents included in the DELRdi. A quick scan can reveal areas that have received little attention (white) through those that have received significant focus (dark). This is important for researchers to understand if their research is to build on the existing foundation of knowledge rather than redo existing work, thinking it is new. You might consider this as you plan your research topic – i.e., check the grid to see what was done and what gaps exist in current literature and research.

DELRdi Usage

With access to the DELRdi, students will be better equipped to fulfill class assignments, and prepare their papers and projects; dance education professionals will be better informed in the writing of grants and proposals; faculty will be able to augment curriculum design and professional research.

DELRdi Access

Individual NDEO members receive unlimited access to the DELRdi through logging on to NDEO's website using their username and passwords.

Via IP addresses NDEO offers DELRdi access through annual library license subscriptions to university library systems for unlimited numbers of computers within the university community. Trials are available. For information or to start a trial, e-mail

DELRdi Subscription Fees

  • Institutional Library License. Unlimited computer access 24/7. $850.00 per year. 30 day free trial available. Email
  • Individual single subscription is available as a benefit of NDEO membership. Email
  • Non-member Individual single 30-day subscription for $30 - Email