BRDS2018 Analysis begins – Baltimore City Respondents

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.

Dance company wordcloud

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:

2047 Apologue – Weaving Machine

About one year ago (June 2017) director Zhang Yimou presented 2047 Apologue at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing.

2047 Apologue consisted of eight performances prepared by 20 international and local teams, culminating with the performance of “Weaving Machine.”

Weaving Machine was developed by Wu Shuxiang (China – weaving), Rose Alice (co-director of the International Arts Collective in London – dance), CPG-Concepts (Hong Kong – choreography), Radugadesign (Russia – video elements), and WHITEvoid (Germany – lighting elements). Technology includes 640 motorized LED spheres from Kinetic Lights.

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

–Zhang Yimou

2047 APOLOGUE – Weaving Machine from Radugadesign on Vimeo.

More information at Behance.

2012 Dance attendance rates – About 150,000

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…

Region Total pop Adult pop Dance attendance
Anne Arundel 573,235 444,830 31,138
Baltimore City 611,648 483,202 33,825
Baltimore County 832,468 652,655 45,656
Carroll 167,781 131,037 9173
Harford 252,160 195,424 13,680
Howard 321,113 242,119 16,948
Total 2,758,405 2,149,267 150,449

Add this all up and it suggests a dance attendance population of about 150,000 people in and immediately around Baltimore.

Baltimore dance graduates, a longer view

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.
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If Cities Could Dance: Baltimore

Going all the way to San Francisco to pick up some of the dance of Baltimore… KQED brings you If Cities Could Dance: Baltimore

KQED highlights Terry Wedington AKA TSU Terry, Brandon Dawson AKA McLovin, and Janiyah Johnson AKA Nirow.

Some photos of TSU Terry and some coverage of the Baltimore Club scene from the Baltimore Sun.

More on Team Squad Up.

Lots more going on in the city… is anyone covering it?

Also in the series, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Portland.