ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), which began airing in the U.S. in 2005 and now starting its 13th season on Sept. 19, 2011 is one of the top ranked, prime time TV shows in America, attracting more than 21 million adults across all demographics. It is a retooled version of the long-running, popular British TV series, Strictly Come Dancing, another show where celebrities are partnered with professional dancers and compete against one another
DWTS spawned other popular TV dance series, including FOX Television’s So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) in July 2005; MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (2008); Oxygen Network’s Dance Your Ass Off (premiered June 29, 2009 and became the most-watched show in Oxygen’s history), Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance on CBS (January 2011), and many others
Popular dance films in recent years include: Black Swan (2010, featuring Natalie Portman who won an Academy Award for her performance); Step Up 3-D (2010); StreetDance 3-D (2010); Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010)
Dance Studios in U.S.
There are 15,275 “dance studios, schools and halls” in the U.S., listed on the PCS Cultural & Fine Arts mailing list
The Dancing Public
Nearly one in eight adult Americans (12.1%) say they have taken dance lessons at some point in their life, according to the National Endowment for the Arts’ most recent study (2008) of arts participation in the U.S. This includes all forms of dance, including ballet and modern.
In the same 2008 study, 4.8 million adult Americans (2.1%) said they had taken a dance class in the previous 12 months. Dance participation across all age groups, ranging from 2.9% for 18-24 year olds to 1.5% for those 75 and older, peaking at 3.1% for adults 65-74
Ballroom Dance Organizations
USA Dance: The governing body for amateur ballroom dancers in the U.S.with 172 chapters nationwide and outreach to 200,000 amateur ballroom dancershttp://usadance.org/
National Dance Council of America (NDCA): The Official Governing Council of Dance and Dancesport in the USA. With 17 Member Organizations encompassing more than 25,000 dance professionals and over 110 sanctioned competitions and championships, it is the leading authority of dance for Professionals, Amateurs and Pro/Am Competitors. http://www.ndca.org/