Dance Across Canada News
Towards an Understanding of the Breadth and Depth of Dance Activity in Canada
Presented at Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories international conference in Coimbra, Portugal (May 28-30, 2014)
Recent findings from components of the Canada Dance Mapping Study are presented in the paper. The Canada Across Dance Map, like a geographic map, is drawing a picture of dance in Canada, indicating ‘what’ is happening and ‘where’ it is happening. The map is also adding ‘who’ – how many Canadian lives are touched by dance in some way – including dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, presenters, dance students, support staff and volunteers, and dance audiences. The mapping study and the map will together identify, quantify and describe the ecology, economy and environment of dance in Canada.
Full Document [PDF, 4.7 MB]
Yes I Dance survey
The recently concluded Yes I Dance survey was completed by 8,124 dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. We’re in the process of analyzing the responses and findings will be made public in the coming months. In the meantime, we learned that…
- Dance professionals and leisure dance participants both responded to the survey in large numbers.
- Dance professionals who trained through a dance school typically have 9.5 years of formal training prior to the start of their careers.
- Dance professionals who trained through apprenticeship, with a mentor/guru, or were self-taught typically report a shorter period of training (5.7 years).
- Leisure dance participants spend an average of 6.5 hours a week in their dance activity.
- 80% of all respondents are involved in two or more forms of dance.
- The top reason for involvement in dance cited by professionals is artistic expression, followed by enjoyment.
- In addition to enjoyment (as the top reason) leisure participants also rank exercise & fitness and social connection as other key motivations.
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