Dance Across Canada

An ongoing investigation of dance in Canada –– Questions? Contact Us

About the Map

You can explore the map contents by clicking icons on the map or using the search options to the right. If you’re not getting results, try clearing the search fields and do a more general search (such as typing in only part of a name or selecting multiple dance forms). Remove any text in the ‘Name Search’ field if you choose to use the filters instead. Use the slider bar on the left to zoom in and out. Click ‘Reset’ to return to the initial view of the map with all data points showing. 

Where multiple organizations have the same street address only one of them will appear when you zoom in on that location on the map. This is a limitation of Google Maps (the map application that the dance map uses). We are working on a solution. In the meantime, all organizations do appear in the ‘Results’ list below the map when you use the appropriate filter (Dance Form, Category, Province/Territory and City/Town).

This map presents dance-related organizations located to date, such as dance companies, associations, schools, and special events. The content will continue to grow as the study progresses. Questions or comments about this map or the study? Contact Marlene Alt, Project Coordinator, at 1-800-263-5588 ext. 6030 or by e-mail.

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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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