The bbodance Library offers everyone open access to over 6,000 dance- and theatre-related books and other information, including ballet, contemporary, choreography, dance health, injury and nutrition, dance teaching, design and photography — as well as many biographies of leading dancers, choreographers, actors, and directors.

The bbodance Archive focuses on the history and development of dance in the UK, specifically the history of the Espinosa family (dating back to 1870), subsequent formation of the British Ballet Organization and the original ballet syllabus, with Espinosa's personal notes, reflecting the influences of the Espinosa family on the teaching of dance syllabi and creative processes. The collection also includes magazines such as The Dancer (from 1928) and Dancing Times (from 1911) alongside a wealth of periodicals, newspaper articles, photographs, programmes, posters and resources on classical and contemporary companies and performances. 

Monday to Friday


If you're interested in finding out more about the Library and Archive or would like to visit, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating your area of study or interest. The Library and Archive based at our new headquarters in Battersea Reach is a research library and access is currently by appointment only.