City Hall reveals extent of dance spaces across the capital
New figures published today reveal the number of dance rehearsal and performance spaces across London and highlight the demand for dance facilities for all Londoners.
The first-ever study of dance performance and studio spaces in London reveals that there are currently 335 buildings used for dance rehearsal and performance in London. Of these, only 78 are used primarily for dance, for the remaining 257 buildings dance is a secondary function, with rehearsal spaces in schools, arts centres or commercial spaces.
The report by City Hall shows more than 3,800 people are using dance premises across the capital on any given day, from school halls to state-of-the-art studios.
The findings highlight the importance of access to affordable spaces to support all dancers in London, and the need for local authorities and developers to work together to widen access to dance spaces in the city.
Dance can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Londoners of all ages and backgrounds. Studies have shown dance can improve physical development, boost social skills, and reduce symptoms of depression and increase cardiovascular fitness1. London’s diversity is also reflected in the range of dance styles performed and practised across the city, and helps people to build connections with their communities.
The report is part of the Mayor’s wider Cultural Infrastructure Plan, which maps London’s cultural infrastructure, highlights any gaps or risk areas, and enables business, local authorities and cultural leaders to support and develop London’s cultural venues. This study of dance spaces reveals the current availability of dance rehearsal and performance spaces, trends and demand in order to help protect and grow the city’s dance facilities.
Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: “Dance is more popular than ever and is happening in every corner of our city – from rehearsals in school halls and community centres, to state of the art facilities and world-class performance venues. These spaces are where all Londoners have the chance to discover their creativity, keep healthy, and build relationships.
“Our new report shows there is strong demand for more spaces to practise all styles of dance and this brilliant resource shows where all the dance facilities are in the capital - bringing culture to your doorstep.”
Notes to editors
- Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, 2018
About the report - ‘A case for dance infrastructure’
This report is published at part of the Mayor’s wider Cultural Infrastructure Plan. This is the first ever research study of publicly bookable dance performance and rehearsal spaces across London. It sets out the current availability of dance spaces, trends and demand in order to help protect and grow the city’s dance facilities.
The full report is available www.london.gov.uk/dance-infrastructure
About the Cultural Infrastructure Plan
The Cultural Infrastructure Plan asks local authorities, property developers, businesses and cultural institutions to work with City Hall to retain and create new cultural facilities.
The Cultural Infrastructure Toolbox provides resources to support the plan including the Cultural Infrastructure Map https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/cultural-infrastructure-toolbox/cultural-infrastructure-map. The map provides the best snapshot of information that gathered to date. It will continue to evolve, adding new categories and information as it becomes available.
City Hall is asking Londoners, local authorities and cultural organisations to share information about cultural places and spaces to ensure the map stays up to date and can capture the full range of cultural spaces spread across all corners of the city.
The data is downloadable from the map and is open source. The map brings together brand-new data compiled by the Greater London Authority, along with existing data such as listed buildings.
The toolkit is available here: https://www.london.gov.uk/cultural-infrastructure-toolbox
To read the Cultural Infrastructure Plan: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/culture-and-good-growth/cultural-infrastructure-plan