News: Young people are dancing less

Tuesday 4 August 2015 by Clare Evans

New figures from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s Taking Part survey have shown a drop in the numbers of young people dancing. Although the figures show a steady engagement in the arts, this is mostly made up of activities such as ‘going to the cinema’ and ‘making videos’.

According to the latest figures from the Taking Part survey, almost all children and young people aged between five and 15 (98%) engaged with the arts last year. While this figure has stayed steady over the past six years, the proportion participating in dance has dropped dramatically and there have been significant decreases in 5 to 10 year olds taking part in music and drama activities outside of school.

Read more: The ArtsProfessional, 31 July 2015

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