This blog was written by Caroline Lussier, Head of Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts.
Are you a dancer? Dance teacher? Choreographer? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then I encourage you to fill out the survey Yes I dance/Oui je danse, produced for the Canada Dance Mapping Study.
The study, launched by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and already well underway, has made a host of discoveries about diverse aspects of dance and incited us to create an interactive, searchable map of dance in Canada. Your answers to the survey will enable us to draw a more complete picture of this map.
Dance is a wealth that is shared by thousands of us. Our preliminary research has shown that Canadians who dance number in the tens of thousands. The map that you help to grow will illustrate this wealth, as do maps of our natural resources, population, spoken languages and a host of other characteristics. Dance is a living heritage that is constantly evolving. It is infinitely diverse and infiltrates our lives in ways you are invited to share with us.
Our hope is that this survey will be a bit like a flash mob: people will complete it, ask their dancing friends to join them, and at the end of the process, everyone will gather in groups on the Canada dance map. The image is a bit fanciful since the end result is a fixed image – something that dance most definitely is not – but there are tangible similarities, in that people who dance will appear on the map in groupings based on the form of dance practised, on region, on demographics (gender, age), on activity (dancer, teacher, choreographer), etc.
Count yourself in! Fill out the Yes I Dance/Oui je danse survey! It’s easy, it’s quick (about 10 minutes) and it will let us know who dances in Canada, and where, and why. Help us build everyone’s knowledge of dance in Canada. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #yesIdance.
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