Paul Magriel's A Bibliography of Dancing, first published in 1936, was the twentieth-century's first major bibliography of printed dance books. Drawing on material in the collections of the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, Harvard College Library and from the catalogues of major European libraries, Magriel produced a bibliography listing nearly five thousand books and articles.
The bibliography is divided into eight sections: I. General works; II. History and Criticism of the Dance; III. Folk, National, Regional and Ethnological Dances; IV. Art of Dancing; V. Ballet; VI. Mime and Pantomime; VII. Masques; VIII. Accessories. Each part is subdivided as necessary for clarity, and there is an index of author, subject, and analytical.