A little later than I had hope, and this will take longer than last year, but I’ve begun digging through the BRDS 2018 responses.
A bit less than half of respondents provided their zip code, but of those that did, BRDS is still having trouble reaching people in Baltimore City –
This is pretty different than the 2017 responses (obviously, some people did not come back for the survey this year):
It’s a been a lot of months since the end of 2017, but in the interest of filling in gaps, I’ll leave the survey open. If you have any suggestions about reaching into those parts of the city, please let me know.
As you might imagine, I’ve been trying to find (or make) good data on the business of dance. This is no small challenge, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little fun along the way.
Some people like graphics, so this is a little fun for today. From a collection of 2639 dance company names, dropping “dance,” “ballet,” “company,” and “theater” (both variations), what do dance companies call themselves? Something like this:
Being human, in olden days we sat down and talked face to face, our face turns red with embarrassment, but we can feel each other’s emotions close up – fears, anger, sadness and happiness. Will we still have these feelings in the future?
In this dialogue between ancient culture and modern technology, we experience puzzles that comes with the rapid progression of technology, and reflect on it – what will be the future relation between human and technology?
The most difficult task for this show is getting the audience to accept and acknowledge that their lifestyle, the way they communicate and the way that they work might not be the best
It’s hard to find current data – 2012 research released in 2015 seems to be about as close as we can get. The 2012 NEA States of Engagement report includes this bit of information – Baltimore is part of this, but the Washington, D.C. region probably biases the results a bit (still looking for more granular or current data, if you have any tips).
The percent of adults who attended a dance performance in 2012 in the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) was about 9.2% (range 7.0-12.0%).
If we use the lower-bound (7%), and apply that to the Baltimore region, dance attendance could be…
Add this all up and it suggests a dance attendance population of about 150,000 people in and immediately around Baltimore.
A while ago, I made a short post about dance graduates in Baltimore. Since it’s graduation season, I thought it would be appropriate to fulfill the “I’ll come back to this eventually” promise with a deeper set of data. To begin, I’ll be a bit generous, and include both the University of Maryland main campus (College Park, MD) and Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD) in the regional scope. UMCP is the only regional institution that offers a Masters degree in dance (designated UMCP-M). This data set represents 792 degrees awarded over 14 years (this isn’t necessarily 792 different dancers – some may have both a Masters degree from UMCP and a Bachelors degree from some other local institution). All institutions combined graduate an average of 56(.6) dancers per year for the past 14 years. Continue reading “Baltimore dance graduates, a longer view”