Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Organizations in Canada

31 March 2016

This Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Organizations in Canada represents the final phase of the Canada Dance Mapping Study. The goal of this phase of research is to provide new knowledge and to gain a better understanding of activities or programs that are offered by dance organizations to achieve social impacts. For the purpose of this survey, the term “social impact” is used to signify a broad range of impacts that incorporate the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of individuals and the communities they live in.

We're proud to share the results with you via an interactive data visualization which you can explore pointe by pointe online.

The survey results revealed:

  • About two-thirds of respondents have offered a dance activity or program during the last three years with the aim of achieving an impact on the health and well-being of individuals and the community;
  • Social programming is designed to achieve a wide range of impacts: from improved health and sense of well-being of individuals, to greater engagement in and attachment to the community, as well as to personal pride in oneself, in one’s culture and in one’s community;
  • Just over half of respondent organizations with programming designed to have a social impact offer activities to enhance community vitality, energy and civic engagement or fostering physical and psychological well-being of individuals
  • Most organizations involved in programming designed to have a social impact have associated or worked with other organizations (predominantly other arts organizations or community/recreation centres) over the past three years, emphasizing the strong collaborative nature of this type of programming in the dance field in Canada.