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Literature and Data Review of Dance Dissemination and Public Participation

February 28, 2013

The purpose of the Canada Dance Mapping Study is to provide a comprehensive profile of the breadth and depth of dance activity in Canada. It will have a wide reach, mapping Canadians who actively participate in dance within some sort of structure (dance class, company, festival, therapy, etc.) whether as a professional or non-professional.

This paper provides a systematic review and synthesis of findings from existing literature and data sources regarding trends in dance dissemination, participation and engagement. The project includes a review of 11 public surveys and 8 data sources used to capture information about the Canadian public’s involvement in dance whether receptive or participatory - as spectators, practitioners, volunteers or in other capacities.

Research and Evaluation, Canada Council for the Arts, February 2013