(male: 230, female: 189)
Chart 1: Frequency of dancing
Beat, or shake, dances were the first choice of dance for both boys (23%) and girls (56%). In total,91% of girls and 66% of boys danced beat or shake dances. (Chart 6)There was a difference between age groups; among those aged 13 to 15, 93% took part in beatdancing, but amongst those aged 23 or over, only 67% danced to beat music. Similarly, the numberdancing without a partner declined among older age groups; 72% of 13-15 year olds sometimesdanced without a partner, while only 9% of those aged 23 and over did so. Beat and shake danceswere generally seen as the preserve of the young; 44% of the young people surveyed thought theywere unsuitable for those aged over 30. However, 38% felt that age was of no importance.The most common reason for liking beat dancing was for its sense of fun and excitement (15%),which was often a stark contrast to the more formal atmosphere of ballroom dances. (Chart 2)
They are likely and usually put one in a happy mood (male, higher education)They are lively and fun to do (female, further education)
It’s a way of letting off steam (male, further education)
The ease of execution and the fact that the dances had no set steps to learn (11%) were also reasonsgiven for the popularity of beat dancing.
You don’t really have to know a p
articular step (female, higher education)Easy to perform: energy, not skill, is required (male, higher education)
10%20%37%27%13%28%24%32%12%5%Several times a weekOnce a weekAt least monthlyMore than once a yearOnce a year or less
How often, on average, do you dance?