Few Japanese children learning dance, street most popular

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From 2012 dance became a compulsory part of the curriculum in Japanese schools, so Yamaha Music Japan decided to conduct a survey into awareness of dance to see how dance was fitting in to a child’s education.

Demographics

Between the 30th of September and 1st of October 2015 1,000 parents, 50:50 male and female, aged between 25 and 60 years old and with a child in primary school (aged between 6 and 12) completed an internet-based survey. How the sample was chosen is not noted.

Back when I was in primary school, we had a few lessons in traditional Scottish Country dance that stood me in good stead for céilidhs later on in life; nothing serious, just the steps for the Gay Gordons and the like. Now I think of it, Japanese traditional dances don’t feature in the answers – are they already taught elsewhere in the curriculum?

Here’s a kiddy version of my favourite dance troupe, World Order:


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Lessons: English, yoga and dance most popular

Are you currently taking lessons, attending a school, etc? graph of japanese statisticsDIMSDRIVE Research recently reported on a survey from the start of the year into taking lessons, excluding formal education.

Demographics

Between the 31st of March and the 15th of April 2010 7,833 members of the DIMSDRIVE Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 1.1% in their teens, 12.3% in their twenties, 32.6% in their thirties, 30.7% in their forties, 16.0% in their fifties, and 7.3% aged sixty or older.

I’m currently not studying anything, although I’d like to go to Go classes, as I used to play quite often when I was a kid. My wife recommends singing lessons, but I fear my tone deafness would try the patience of any teacher!
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