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DAN 2100: Dance Appreciation / Dance in the Humanities: Citation Help

Research and Information guide designed to serve as an aid to students taking DAN 2100 and other Dance courses.

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Citing a Performance in MLA Format

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Citation Help - How to Cite Videos using MLA Format

Dance on video:  DVD or VHS

Citations for complete film or video recordings usually begin with the title of the film:

   Title.  Director, choreographer, relevant performers (if any).  Distributor, date. Format.


The Nutcracker. Dir. Peter Marins. Perf. Darci Kitsler and Damien Woetzel. New York City Ballet.

Warner Bros., 1993.  Film.


However, if you’re citing the contribution of a particular individual, like a choreographer, you can begin with that person’s name.  For example:

Balanchine, George. The Nutcracker. Dir. Peter Marins. Perf. Darci Kitsler and Damien Woetzel.

New York City Ballet. Warner Bros., 1993. Film.

Live Performance

Title of work (in italics if a full length production, in quotes if one song/piece). By author or composer's name. Choreographer. Performer. The dance company. the theater and location. Date of the performance. Medium (Performance).


"If it Kills Me." By Jason Mraz. Chor. Travis Wall. Perf. Jeanine Mason and Jason Glover. 

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville.  29 September, 2009. Performance.