Dance in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

In the United Kingdom, roughly 22 percent of the population go to see a ballet, a dance performance or an opera annually. Although the majority of shows at theaters in the UK are plays, dance ballet and other dance performances make up a considerable amount of the theater repertoire. In 2016 approximately 4.2 percent of theatergoers in England saw a ballet and 4.8 percent attended another live dance event.

As of 2016, roughly 7.9 percent of adults in England participated in a form of dancing other than for fitness, which shows a slight decrease from 9.7 percent in 2007. As of 2015, the share of people who ever attended a dance class such as ballroom, latin, country, western or folk amounted to 27 percent among women and 14 percent among men. In Scotland, 59 percent of adults dance less often than once a month, but at least once a year.

Dance is also a popular form of fitness in the UK. In 2015, more than half of respondents to a survey in England had, at some point in their life, participated in a dance fitness class such as Bodystep, Zumba or street dance. The most common reasons to choose a style of dance fitness is the music, of which FitSteps and Zumba appear to be on the rise in popularity among dance fitness professionals.

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