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First Look at National Dance Survey Results From the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council

April 29, 2014

More than 8,100 dancers, dance teachers and choreographers across Canada participated in the now concluded Yes I Dance survey.  For International Dance Day, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council are offering a sneak peek at preliminary survey results. The full survey results will be released in the fall of 2014.

So far, we have learned that:

  • Dance professionals typically have 9.5 years of formal dance training prior to the start of their career.
  • Leisure dance participants spend an average of 6.5 hours a week on their dance activity.
  • The two most frequently mentioned categories of dance for all survey participants were Contemporary and Modern, and Ballroom and Social, with 60 per cent of respondents participating in one or the other.
  • 80 per cent of all respondents are involved in two or more forms of dance.
  • 40 per cent of respondents are involved in four or more forms of dance.

The interactive, searchable dance map of Canada continues to grow and is a resource for more than 2,500 organizations and 100 dance forms

  • Share the map: Add the Dance Map icon to your website or Facebook page and link your group with Canada’s extensive dance community.
  • Twitter: If you’re tweeting about anything related to dance, don’t forget to use the #yesidance hashtag so we can follow the conversation.

The Dancing Across the Land: A Report on the Dance Mapping Inventory posted recently reveals the magnitude and diversity of dance expression in Canada.

Dance Across Canada (formerly the Canada Dance Mapping Study) is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts with additional financial contribution from the Ontario Arts Council. This landmark research project to create a comprehensive profile of dance in Canada, includes professional and non-professional dance activities. It is comprised of a database of dance organizations in Canada, an interactive map of dance organizations in Canada, a survey to develop a profile of Canadians who dance and a survey of public funding of dance.