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The International WCS COVID-19 Survey

The YY Westie's WCS COVID-19 Survey

COVID-19 has hit the world of West Coast Swing really hard, just like it hit almost everything else in our lives.

Starting from March 2020, events were canceled one after the other anywhere around the world.

In addition, dance schools and studios had to cancel all the courses and parties they used to hold.

After the initial shock, we all started asking ourselves many questions.

When can we have events again? What will make dancers feel safe to attend them?

When will it be safe to travel again? And when will we be able to see our friends from other countries?

I decided to try to address these questions and provide you with the clearest image I can regarding the current feelings and thoughts of westies worldwide.

Table of contents

What are the goals of this survey?

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Many people asked me that question, so I thought it’ll be nice to share my answer with all of you.

First and foremost, this survey is meant to provide EDs with the best tools I can provide them in order to prepare for future events. I’ve collected as much information as I can in order to help them decide whether enough people already feel safe to attend events. Moreover, they can also learn what needs to happen in order for dancers to feel safe and what measures they are expected to take.

The second goal is to provide westies with information about other communities. This can help them make travel plans, but more importantly, it can help them understand the current situation better. As I’ve seen from the many answers, many people feel confused and uncertain at the moment, and I share this feeling. I believe that learning from everyone’s experience and discussing the situation together can be of great help right now.

Lastly, my main goal is to make everyone feel that we’re all together in this. We’re all in the same storm, and we’re still a community, even if we can’t physically meet our international friends at the moment.

Some numbers you should know before we start

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I’d like to give you some general data so you’ll be able to interpret the following results to the best of your understanding.

The answers were received between 2.8-6.9.2020.

946 people from 42 countries participated in the survey, and these are the exact numbers from each country:

Number of participants by country

Since the situation could differ greatly from one state to another in the US, I asked the participants to state their state as well.

Most of them did, so here are the exact numbers from each of the 30 states who sent me their answers:

Number of participants by state - USA

A small note: when someone just wrote “Washington”, I assumed it’s Washington state, and not DC. However, if I got it wrong, please let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see, some countries sent very few answers, unfortunately. Hence, I didn’t create any statistics for these countries, as they wouldn’t reflect the whole community.

In addition, I wanted to check whether other factors that could affect people’s answers, such as age group, their personal experience with COVID-19, gender, the number of years they’ve been dancing WCS, and whether they have a fixed partner.

Therefore, I asked them to note these factors, and here is the answer distribution according to each of them:

Participants by age group
What was your personal experience with COVID-19 so far - All answerers
Participants by gender
Participants by years dancing WCS
Do you have a fixed dance partner?

The questions

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I asked 7 questions in this survey and added some explanations to make them as clear as possible.

  1. What’s the current situation in your country regarding partner dancing? If you don’t know the legislation (which can be complicated), select the answer that best describes what people around you currently do.
  2. How do you currently feel about dancing WCS in your country? This question is only about how you feel, so answer what you feel safe to do, even if you’re limited by rules that don’t allow you to do it right now.
  3. How do you currently feel about dancing WCS in other countries? This question is only about how you feel, so answer what you feel safe to do, even if you’re limited by rules that don’t allow you to do it right now.
  4. What needs to happen in order for you to feel safe to attend an event?
  5. Which measures would you like to see at the next event you attend in order to feel safe? You can select more than one.
  6. What do you think of the upcoming WCS events in Poland and France this month and in September? This question is only about how you feel, so answer what you feel safe to do, even if you’re limited by rules that don’t allow you to do it right now.
  7. What was your personal experience with COVID-19 so far?

Now that you know all the necessary details, we can get down to business.

Let’s see what people answered in general and based on the above-stated factors.

Question #1: What’s the current situation in your country regarding partner dancing?

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My first conclusion from the answers I got to this question is that it seems like the laws and regulations are not entirely clear everywhere.

Which is completely understandable, of course.

I did my best to figure out the situation and bring you the answers I received. If anything is inaccurate, please contact me and let me know.

I was very curious to know the situation in different communities, and I’m sure you are as well, so let’s go.

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Australia

Queensland – Free switching in classes, but no parties yet.

Western Australia – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

New South Wales – Not allowed at all.

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Austria

Vienna – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

However, currently, only outdoor parties take place.

Styria – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Belarus

Big events allowed, but only outdoor parties at the moment.

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Belgium

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Brazil

Brazilia – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Other parts of Brazil – Not allowed at all.

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Bulgaria

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Canada

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Croatia

Only outdoor parties currently.

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Czech Republic

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Denmark

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Finland

Events allowed, but a limited number of participants.

At the moment, parties and classes are just starting.

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France

Big events allowed.

However, most people stated that they only have free switching in classes, but no parties yet, or that itโ€™s limited to fixed partners.

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Germany

For those who donโ€™t know, Germany is divided into states (Bundeslรคnder), and the situation differs between them:

Most of the country – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Some states – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

In others – Free switching in classes, but no parties.

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Greece

Not allowed at all.

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Hungary

Big events allowed.

At the moment, only indoor parties with a limited number of participants take place.

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Iceland

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners

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Israel

Almost half of the participants stated that indoor parties with a limited number of dancers are allowed.

The other half claims that it is only allowed to dance with fixed partners.

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Italy

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners

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Japan

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Latvia

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Malaysia

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Netherlands

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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New Zealand

Big events allowed.

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Northern Ireland

Not allowed at all.

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Norway

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Poland

Events up to 150 participants.

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Portugal

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Romania

Most people stated that partner dancing is not allowed at all or limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Some people stated that outdoor parties already take place.

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Russia

Big events allowed.

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Scotland

Not allowed at all.

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Singapore

Indoor parties are allowed, but partner switching is only allowed within very small groups.

Otherwise, itโ€™s limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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Slovakia

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Slovenia

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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South Korea

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Spain

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Some stated they can already switch partners in classes, but canโ€™t have parties yet.

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Sweden

Most people stated that itโ€™s limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

However, some claimed they already have indoor parties with a limited number of participants.

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Switzerland

Events allowed, but a limited number of participants.

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Taiwan

Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

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Ukraine

Events allowed, but a limited number of participants.

Currently, only outdoor parties take place.

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United Kingdom

Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

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United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Not allowed at all.

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USA

Arizona – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

California – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Colorado – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Florida – Some stated that indoor parties with a limited number of dancers are already allowed, some claimed they have free switching in classes but no parties yet, and some answered that theyโ€™re limited to fixed partners.

Georgia – Some claim that indoor parties with a limited number of dancers are allowed, but some stated that partner dancing is limited to fixed partners.

Illinois – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Kansas – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants

Kentucky – Some stated that indoor parties with a limited number of dancers are allowed, but others claim that itโ€™s limited to fixed partners.

Louisiana – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Maryland – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Massachusetts – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Michigan – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Minnesota – Not allowed at all.

Missouri – Not allowed at all.

Montana – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Nevada – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

New Jersey – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

New Mexico – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

New York – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

North Carolina – Most of the participants claimed that itโ€™s limited to fixe partners or not allowed at all, but some stated that indoor parties with a limited number of dancers are allowed.

Ohio – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Oregon – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Pennsylvania – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Tennessee – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Texas – Indoor parties, but a limited number of participants.

Utah – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Virginia – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Washington DC – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Washington state – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Wisconsin – Limited to partners from the same household or fixed partners.

Question #2: How do you currently feel about dancing WCS in your country?

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We’ll start with the statistic of all the answers altogether before breaking it down according to countries and other factors.

All the participants

2nd question - all the participants

As you can see, most dancers (65.7%) don’t feel safe dancing with anyone other than a small group of people they know, at best.

Outdoors or indoors doesn’t seem like a big issue.

Moreover, events still seem to feel unsafe for most of the westies around the world.

Now let’s break it down into countries and states.

Statistics by country and state

I only created statistics for countries that sent a significant number of answers

It was hard to set an exact minimum number, but eventually, I decided to create statistics starting from 10 answers. For US states, I made it more flexible and started from 8, as I would have very few states to show otherwise.

Austria

2nd question - Austria

In Austria, most dancers still limit themselves to a small group of friends at best, but more dancers are willing to dance with more than a single partner, compared to the international average.

Compared to the international results, a lower percentage of the answerers from Austria would attend an event.

Another thing worth noting is that for a significant percentage of the Austrian westies, there is a big difference between outdoor and indoor parties.

Canada

2nd question - Canada

In Canada, the dancers are more careful compared to the international results, and half of them would dance only with a fixed partner or not at all.

Together with those who limit themselves to a small group of friends, it adds up to 85.9% of the answerers.

Finland

2nd question - Finland

The answers from Finland are very diversified.

Here, the majority already feel safe to attend parties, and many of them would also travel within the country.

The percentage of those willing to attend local events is pretty similar to the international average.

France

2nd question - France

These results are very interesting.

While most of the answerers (54.1%) are reluctant about social dancing and parties, the percentage of those willing to attend local events is one of the highest of all countries.

Good news for French EDs preparing for their upcoming events.

Germany

2nd question - Germany

The vast majority of the answerers in Germany would limit themselves to a small group of partners at best currently (74.5%).

Those who are willing to social dance, are still mostly not ready for events.

Hungary

2nd question - Hungary

Seems like Hungary is (almost) all up for social dancing with 76.5% of the answerers willing to party.

Specifically, the percentage of dancers willing to attend local events is the highest in the countries checked in this survey (equal to Russia).

Israel

2nd question - Israel

These results interestingly remind of those in Canada, Norway, and Sweden, as the vast majority of the dancers (82.6%) would limit themselves to a small group of friends at best.

The percentage of dancers willing to attend local events is as low as in Austria, Germany, and Canada.

Latvia

2nd question - Latvia

I Latvia, the community seems to be ready to party again, as 92.3% are already willing to party indoors, at least.

The percentage of potential events attendees is the second-highest (after Russia and Hungary), and more than double the international average.

Netherlands

2nd question - Netherlands

In the Netherlands, dancers are even more careful than in other countries.

Most people (75%) would dance only with a few specific partners, at best. This is much higher than the international average.

Moreover, no one would attend an event here at the moment.

Norway

2nd question - Norway

Norway seems to be the most cautious community of them all with 88% of the answerers willing to dance only with one or a few specific partners (or not at all).

Just like the Dutch, none of the Norwegian answerers would attend local events at the moment.

Poland

2nd question - Poland

Now, that’s a very diversified collection of answers.

On the one hand, almost half of the dancers (45.6%) are not yet ready to party.

On the other hand, the percentage of dancers willing to attend a local event is relatively high compared to most European countries.

Poland already had its first event last weekend, WCS Summer Summit, and so far (knock wood), it seems like everything went well.

Romania

2nd question - Romania

The Romanian answer distribution resembles the Polish one in some ways.

The percentage of potential event attendees is similar to France and Ukraine (only Latvia and Russia have a higher percentage), but most people (56.5%) are still cautious regarding social dancing.

Russia

2nd question - Russia

Like Latvia and Hungary, the community in Russia is mostly ready for parties and even local events.

A significant percentage would still limit themselves to a small group of partners or not dance at all (34.3%), though.

Singapore

2nd question - Singapore

Very decisive results from Singapore!

This community is very reluctant regarding social dancing at the moment.

Obviously, events seem far away here.

Spain

2nd question - Spain

The Spanish community is cautious as well, with 76.9% of the answerers limiting themselves to a small group of friends at best.

Some people are willing to attend local parties, but no one will attend an event at the moment.

Sweden

2nd question - Sweden

Pretty much like their Scandinavian neighbors, the vast majority (87.8%) of the Swedish community members would only dance with a small group of partners at most.

However, some dancers stated that they would attend a local event, which the Norwegians wouldn’t.

Switzerland

2nd question - Switzerland

Switzerland joins Hungary, Latvia, and Russia, as a country where most (88.8%) people feel safe to social dance.

A significant percentage would already attend local events as well, but lower than in the above-mentioned countries.

Ukraine

2nd question - Ukraine

In Ukraine, like in Hungary, Latvia, Russia, and Switzerland, most answerers are already willing to attend parties.

The percentage of dancers willing to attend a local event here is higher than the international average and is similar to the percentage in France and in Romania.

However, here there’s still a difference between outdoor and indoor parties, and not every dancer would attend both.

United Kingdom

2nd question - United Kingdom

With 84.1% of the answerers limiting themselves to a small group of friends at best, United Kingdom is in line with Canada, Singapore, Norway, and Sweden.

Specifically, the percentage of answerers who won’t dance with a partner at all is one of the highest.

A very small minority are willing to attend a local event, though.

USA

2nd question - USA

Most of the answerers (78%) would either dance with a single partner, a specific group or not at all.

Specifically, the percentage of those who wouldn’t dance with a partner at all is the highest of all countries in this survey.

However, here as well, you can still find a small minority who are willing to attend local events.

Since the USA is so big and the situation in different states might differ greatly, I decided to break down the answers by states.

Arizona

2nd question - Arizona

Compared to the US average, a higher percentage of the dancers in Arizona limit themselves to a single partner, but there’s also a higher percentage who are willing to attend indoor parties and events.

California

2nd question - California

In California, it seems like the dancers are more cautious compared to the overall US average.

85.3% limit themselves to a small group of friends at best, and only 2.9% would attend local events.

Florida

2nd question - Florida

The percentage of Florida westies who limit themselves to a small group of partners at most is the lowest (50%) among the US states checked.

Among those who are willing to social dance freely, the majority won’t attend events yet.

New Mexico

2nd question - New Mexico

In New Mexico, like in most of the states, the majority of the dancers are not ready for parties, and not one is ready for events yet.

North Carolina

2nd question - North Carolina

This is, of course, a larger sample size, and therefore, also a more diversified one.

Yet, the majority (72.2%) limit themselves to a small number of partners at best.

But a larger percentage of the dancers here are willing to attend events compared to most other states.

Oregon

2nd question - Oregon

That’s a very definite answer: 92.9% of the answerers feel unsafe to dance with more than one or a few specific partners.

Texas

2nd question - Texas

Texas is a bit less cautious compared to Oregon and California, but fewer people will social dance here than in Florida, Arizona, or North Carolina.

However, the percentage of people willing to attend a local event here is the highest of all states.

Virginia

2nd question - Virginia

In Virginia, partner switching and parties seem to be far away.

Washington State

2nd question - Washington State

Like in Oregon and California, most (89.4%) of the answerers would limit themselves to dancing only with a small group of people they know, at best.

Even those who are willing to attend parties wouldn’t attend local events at the moment.

A short summary before we continue

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In order to see a clearer comparison between the different countries, let’s look at these stacked bar charts:

2nd question - country comparison
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The “cautious” countries (where the majority wouldn’t switch partners freely):

Norway, Sweden, Israel, Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands.

The “ready to party” countries (where the majority would at least party outdoors):

Latvia, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Switzerland.

The “it’s complicated” countries (those who have a very diversified answer distribution):

Poland, France, Romania, Finland.

And now, let’s talk about the different states of America.

The only state in which at least 50% are willing to party is Florida. In all other states, almost 75% wouldn’t social dance freely.

California, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington are the most cautious states.

Compared to other states, in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona there’s a significant percentage willing to attend local events.

The next thing we’re going to test is statistics according to different age groups.

Age groups

20 years old or younger

2nd question - 20- updated

Compared to the overall statistic, seems like people in this age group are more ready for social dancing.

Only 48.1% limit themselves to a small group of partners at best, though it’s still a significant percentage.

However, they are more reluctant about local events compared to the overall average.

21-25 years old

2nd question - 21-25 updated

The percentage of those limiting themselves to a small group of friends is almost similar to the younger age group, but those limiting themselves to a fixed partner is much higher. It might also be because more people in this age group already have a fixed partner.

Accordingly, more dancers in this age group (67.6%) will not switch partners freely at parties.

However, the percentage of dancers willing to attend events is slightly higher.

26-30 years old

2nd question - 26-30 updated

These results are almost similar to those of the previous age group.

A few more would attend local events or travel within their country in this group, but a few more wouldn’t dance at all.

31-35 years old

2nd question - 31-35 updated

Interestingly, the percentage of those willing to attend events in this age group is higher than the younger age groups.

However, most dancers (58.2%) are still not ready for social dancing in this age group.

36-40 years old

2nd question - 36-40 updated

This group is a bit more cautious with 66.1% of the dancers limiting themselves to a small group of friends at best.

41-45 years old

2nd question - 41-45

A bit more cautious compared to the above age group, but no significant difference.

46-54 years old

2nd question - 46-54 updated

A bit more cautious in general compared to previous age groups, with 69.2% limiting themselves to a small group of partners at best.

The bigger difference is that in this age group, more people would not dance at all.

55 years old and above

2nd question - 55+

Here we already have a huge difference in the results.

80.3% of the answerers in this age group would limit themselves to a small group of specific partners.

Moreover, most of them would stick to their fixed partner or not dance at all.

Gender

The next thing I wished to examine is whether there’s a difference in the answers between female and male answerers.

Females

2nd question - female updated

Males

2nd question - male updated

As I thought, almost no difference, but just wanted to check and prove it to myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are slight differences, though.

For example, a larger percentage of the male answerers seem to prefer limiting themselves to a small group of friends, rather than not dancing at all.

Another slight difference is that a higher percentage of female answerers would limit themselves to outdoor parties, while male answerers would attend indoor parties and events more willingly.

Years dancing West Coast Swing

The next thing I wanted to test was whether the number of years they’ve been in the community is a factor in dancers’ answers.

Note that when I write “1 year or less“, this includes the answerers who stated that they have been dancing 1 year.

However, when writing “1-2 years“, I include those who have been dancing for more than 1 year, but up to and including 2 years exactly.

1 year or less

2nd question - dancing 1-

Compared to the overall average, these dancers are more willing to social dance and to attend events.

Let’s compare them with dancers who have been dancing for a longer time.

1-2 years

2nd question - dancing 1-2

These dancers are more cautious than those dancing 1 year or less.

In this group, 50% of the dancers would dance only with a small group of people, at best.

Accordingly, fewer dancers here are willing to attend local events currently.

2-4 years

2nd question - dancing 2-4

This is already a significant increase in the percentage of those who refrain from free partner switching – 64.5%.

On the other hand, the percentage of those willing to attend local events is slightly higher (even though lower than the first group).

4-8 years

2nd question - dancing 4-8

Not a major difference compared to the previous group.

The most significant difference is that in this group more people limit themselves to a fixed partner, rather than a whole group of friends.

8-12 years

2nd question - dancing 8-12

In this group of dancers, the percentage of those who limit themselves to a specific group increases significantly to 74.5%.

Over 12 years

2nd question - dancing 12+

This group seems to provide similar answers to the previous one.

Do you have a fixed dance partner?

No

2nd question - no partner

Yes

2nd question - yes fixed partner

As expected, those who have a fixed partner wouldn’t feel unsafe to dance with a partner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The answerers who have a partner are more willing to dance with a group of friends, rather than not dance. However, they are also less willing to attend parties and events.

Personal experience with COVID-19

Lastly, I decided to test whether a dancer’s personal experience with COVID-19 would affect the way they feel about partner dancing at the moment.

I don’t personally know anyone who had Coronavirus

2nd question - don't know anyone

Compared the overall results, a lower percentage (57.1%) would limit themselves to a small group of friends at best, and a slightly higher percentage would attend a local event.

Let’s move on.

I personally know one or a few people who have/had Coronavirus

2nd question - know a few

This group of answerers seems to be much more reluctant regarding social dancing.

A much higher percentage here would dance only with a fixed partner or not at all.

The total percentage of those who would limit themselves to a small group at best is 70%.

I personally know many people who have/had Coronavirus

2nd question - know many people

Getting more cautious as COVID feels more present in people’s lives, or so it seems.

In this group of answerers, the percentage of those completely refraining from partner dancing increases significantly compared to the previous groups.

In total, those who limit themselves to a specific group of partners at max is 76.5%.

I Tested positive or had Coronavirus myself

2nd question - had COVID themselves

Surprise!

You weren’t expecting that, weren’t you?

However, this is a very small sample, so it’s hard to conclude anything from it, to be honest. And I’m happy that it is a small sample, as I hope no more westies will catch that virus.

The only interpretation I can make is that these answers are pretty much in line with other answers received from the respective countries these answerers are from.

Conclusions regarding the various factors

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  1. The country and state of residence are definitely the most significant factors, as everyone could probably anticipate.
  2. The age group seems to have an effect on people’s answers as well. It seems like people around 50 years old and above are more careful about social dancing at the moment, which is, of course, fully understandable.
  3. Gender has no real effect on people’s answers.
  4. When checking how long people have been dancing WCS, it seems like there were some differences between the different groups, but they might have been caused by age differences as well. I would still note the difference between people who dance 2 years or less to those dancing longer, as this wasn’t probably caused only by age differences. It seems like the less-experienced dancers are much less cautious, which may be considered by their enthusiasm about dancing, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions.
  5. Having a fixed partner only seems to make people more prone to be dancing with this partner, rather than not dancing at all.
  6. As for personal experience with COVID-19, it seems like the more people around them get sick, the more cautious people are. This makes total sense, of course. However, the small group of people who had COVID themselves sent very interesting answers. I would probably say that they follow the general atmosphere in their country more than their personal experience, but maybe it’s not just that. It might be that if someone already had Coronavirus themselves and they had barely any or no symptoms at all, they would feel like it is much less dangerous, and therefore feel safe to party and attend events.

For the next questions, I would just present the answers by country and state, as this was the most significant factor.

Furthermore, I believe this is the information that will be most interesting for most westies.

Question #3: How do you currently feel about dancing WCS in other countries?

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Worldwide

3rd question - worldwide

It’s clear to see that most westies wouldn’t travel to another country for dancing at the moment.

On the other hand, 20.5% would fly to an event in another country – most of them only to countries they consider “safe”, though.

Adding the 3.6% who would travel to a “safe” country without flying, you get 24.1% potential event-attendees.

This is more than double the amount of westies who are willing to attend a local event in their own countries!

Austria

3rd question - Austria

In Austria, the percentage of westies who won’t travel at all is in line with the international average.

However, the percentage of those who would travel for events is lower (17.3%), especially those who would fly for that cause.

What’s really interesting for me is that more Austrians would travel to an event abroad than attend a local one.

Canada

3rd question - Canada

That’s a very decisive answer – almost none of the answerers in Canada is willing to travel for dancing.

Most of those who are willing to travel, would do it for an event.

And here as well, just like in Austria, more people would travel to an event (10.6%) than attend a local one.

Finland

3rd question - Finland

Finland is pretty much in line with the international average.

Most of the dancers wouldn’t travel, but 24.1% would travel for events – mostly in countries they consider “safe”.

This is, again, more than double the percentage of the Finish dancers who would attend a local event.

France

3rd question - France

Most of the answerers from France stated they wouldn’t dance in another country, but this percentage is a bit lower than the international average.

The percentage of those willing to attend an event anywhere in the world is the same as in Finland and pretty much in line with the international average – 6.9%.

The overall percentage of those willing to attend events abroad is 29.1%, which is also higher than those willing to attend local events in France.

Germany

3rd question - Germany

Interesting answers, considering the fact that Germany was one of the “cautious” countries in terms of local partner dancing according to the answers to the previous question.

It’s surprising to see that the percentage of those who wouldn’t travel for dancing is significantly lower than the international average.

The majority will still not travel, but almost half of the answerers are willing to dance in another country.

However, most of those who would travel would only attend local parties. Only 17.4% would travel to an event, similar to Austria. Only 3.1% would travel to an event anywhere, in line with Austria and Canada.

Hungary

3rd question - Hungary

In Hungary, most dancers are already willing to dance in other countries. This is no surprise after seeing the answers regarding local dancing.

Nevertheless, a large percentage (47.1%) is still reluctant about traveling for dancing.

47% would travel to an event, but only 23.5% would fly there, and only 5.9% would travel to a country they wouldn’t consider “safe”.

Israel

3rd question - Israel

These results are pretty much in line with the international average and with those from Finland.

Most dancers wouldn’t dance in another country, but most of those who would travel would go to an event. Most of them would limit themselves only to “safe” countries.

Latvia

3rd question - Latvia

In Latvia, not only will the majority (61.6%) dance abroad, but it’ll also travel to an event by plane.

Most of them would still limit themselves to “safe” countries, though.

Netherlands

3rd question - Netherlands

The Netherlands keeps being cautious with a vast majority not willing to dance in another country (in line with Canada).

The percentage of those who would travel to an event is lower than in most other countries.

Norway

3rd question - Norway

No need to explain that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Norway remains the most cautious country, and the only one where nobody would travel to an event.

Poland

3rd question - Poland

Most dancers from Poland wouldn’t dance abroad, but those who will travel would mostly go to an event.

Most of them would only travel to “safe” countries, though.

Romania

3rd question - Romania

On the one hand, a relatively high percentage wouldn’t dance in another country, but on the other, a relatively high percentage would attend any event anywhere.

The total percentage of those who would travel to an event is 26% – a bit higher than the international average.

Russia

3rd question - Russia

Just like in Latvia, the majority (57.2%) would fly to an event. Most of them would fly anywhere and not only to “safe” countries.

Singapore

3rd question - Singapore

A bit surprising, considering the answers to the previous question.

While the majority wouldn’t dance in another country, a relatively high percentage (29.4%) would travel to an event. Most of them are willing to fly there.

It’s worth mentioning that no one would fly to a country which isn’t “safe”.

Spain

3rd question - Spain

Interesting results indeed.

Most of the dancers would travel for dancing, but only half of them would travel to an event. Most of them don’t mind flying.

A relatively high percentage would attend an event abroad, but only in a “safe” country.

Sweden

3rd question - Sweden

After Norway, Canada, and the Netherlands, Sweden is the country with the highest percentage of answerers who won’t travel for dancing.

The percentage of those who would travel to an event (12.1%) is accordingly low.

Switzerland

3rd question - Switzerland

The majority (55.6%) in Switzerland would travel to an event, but most of them (50%) wouldn’t travel to a country which isn’t “safe”.

A significant percentage of the answerers would refrain from flying.

Ukraine

3rd question - Ukraine

Half of the dancers wouldn’t dance in another country, which is more cautious than expected after the previous question.

The percent of those who would travel to an event is still relatively high – 42.9%.

United Kingdom

3rd question - United Kingdom

These results are pretty similar to those from Sweden.

The vast majority wouldn’t dance in other countries and the percentage of those who would attend an event abroad is relatively low.

USA

3rd question - USA

In the USA, the majority wouldn’t dance in another country at the moment, and the percentage of those who would travel to an event is pretty similar to the international average (22.4%).

Let’s break it down into US states.

Arizona

3rd question - Arizona

50-50 between those whould stay in their country and those who would travel to an event.

Most of those who would travel, would still do so only to a “safe” country.

California

3rd question - California

The answerers from California are more cautious than in Arizona, but less than the US average.

23.5% would travel to an event and most of them will fly there, but most of them would only travel to “safe” countries.

Florida

3rd question - Florida

The majority in Florida wouldn’t travel for dancing, but the percentage of those who would travel to an event is the highest among the states checked – 33.4%.

New Mexico

3rd question - New Mexico

That’s one very cautious state.

North Carolina

3rd question - North Carolina

The vast majority here wouldn’t travel for dancing – just like in New Mexico.

Those who would, would only do it for an event.

Oregon

The majority wouldn’t travel for dancing, but it’s a smaller majority than the US or the international average.

However, the percentage of those who would travel to an event is a bit lower than the US average since many would travel only for smaller parties.

Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that no answerer would travel to a country which isn’t “safe”.

Texas

3rd question - Texas

These results resemble those from Oregon.

However, the difference is that in Texas most dancers wouldn’t fly.

Virginia

3rd question - Virginia

Another very decisive graph. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Washington State

3rd question - Washington

Almost similar results to Virginia and New Mexico!

Conclusions regarding question #3

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Let’s take a look at these graphs for an easier comparison:

3rd question - country comparison 1
3rd question - country comparison 2
  1. The most surprising result for me is that in every country except for Norway, more people would travel to an event than attend a local one! It might be because they feel like there are countries that are safer than their own. It might also be because traveling to an event is such an incredible experience we’re all addicted to, and we are willing to take bigger risks in order to experience it again.
  2. In the vast majority of the countries, most people answered that they wouldn’t dance in another country at the moment. The reasons for that may be diverse – from lack of insurance through missing workdays because of quarantine to the fear of the unknown and the uncertain.
  3. 5 countries were an exception: Latvia, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, and Hungary. The majority of answerers in those countries are willing to travel for dancing. In Ukraine, half of the answerers are willing to travel. Moreover, in Russia, Latvia, and Switzerland, the majority would even travel to an event. Furthermore, in Russia and Latvia, a large percentage would even travel to “unsafe” countries.
  4. In most countries, it seems like most of those who are willing to travel don’t mind doing it by plane. Well, after my last bus trip to Germany, where most people weren’t wearing their masks during the ride, I can understand that there’s no difference between a plane and a bus ๐Ÿ˜…

Now we can compare the different American states:

3rd question - state comparison

In terms of traveling, Washington and Virginia remain the most cautious states, as they were in the 2nd question.

However, this time, New Mexico and North Carolina are joining them with over 75% of the answerers not willing to travel for dancing.

Arizona is the only state in which at least 50% are willing to travel – all of them for events.

In Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a significant percentage would travel to an event anywhere, not only in “safe” countries.

Let’s move on to the next question.

Question #4: What needs to happen in order for you to feel safe to attend an event?

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Since most of the answerers aren’t ready to attend events yet, this seems like an important question.

Let’s find out what we need in order to feel safe.

Worldwide

4th question - worldwide

And the winner is – “Each of the above”!


Yeah, I know this answer isn’t below the others now, and I apologize for that. That’s a technical limitation I had to learn to live with ๐Ÿ˜…

So, most of dancers are waiting for a change before they would attend an event.

The largest group, almost half of the answerers, don’t mind whether it would be a vaccine, a cure, or a significant decrease in the number of COVID cases around the world.

One funny thing though, this percentage of those willing to attend an event is again pretty similar to that of those willing to attend local events in the second question. Seems like people treated this question as “What needs to happen for us to get back to normal and attend big events?” and maybe even “big events everywhere”. Interesting.

Or maybe the phrase “safe country” in the third question made more people feel safe to travel to an event ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another thing worth noting is that more people would like to have a vaccine or see a decrease in numbers than have a treatment. This could either be because there are usually no cures for viruses, only vaccines, or since they don’t want to get sick and infect others, even if it’s curable.

Let’s see how the results differ between the countries.

Austria

4th question - Austria

Pretty much in line with the international average. A lower percentage would attend events before anything changes, though.

Canada

4th question - Canada

The answerers in Canada would trust a vaccine more than a decrease in the number of cases.

However, the largest group of answerers, almost half, would still do with each of the above.

Finland

4th question - Finland

In Finland, the most significant factor seems to be the number of COVID cases and not a vaccine.

Here, it’s even clearer, as more people specified that they want to see the number of cases going down rather than “each of the above”.

France

4th question - France

In France, it seems like the number of cases is more significant than a vaccine, just like in Finland.

Interesting fact: This seems to be the only country where fewer people stated that they’re ready for events in this question than in the second one ๐Ÿคฏ

Germany

4th question - Germany

The German results resemble those from Canada: Half of the answerers would do with each of the above, and more people want a vaccine than any other solution.

Hungary

4th question - Hungary

Most of the Hungarians don’t mind if it’s a vaccine, a treatment, or a decrease in numbers.

What’s interesting here is that even though more than 20% said they’d attend a local event and over 40% would travel to an event, now only 5.9% stated that they are ready for events.

Israel

4th question - Israel

In Israel as well, the largest group is “each of the above”, then comes the number of cases, the vaccine, and then the treatment, which is relatively popular here.

Latvia

4th question - Latvia

A very large group wouldn’t wait for any changes in the international situation.

However, the majority still want something to happen, mostly a decrease in the numbers.

Netherlands

4th question - Netherlands

The majority don’t mind what will improve the current situation, but no one is ready for events, that’s for sure.

A decrease in numbers is prefered to the other options, though.

Norway

4th question - Norway

Like in the Netherlands and in line with what we’ve seen so far from Norway, no one is ready for events at the moment.

A decrease in numbers would be preferable here as well, but almost half of the answerers chose “each of the above”.

Poland

4th question - Poland

As we’ve already seen, a relatively large percentage in Poland would already attend events.

However, the majority would still like to see anything changing, whether it’s a vaccine, a cure, or a decrease in numbers. The largest group didn’t specify any of those.

Romania

4th question - Romania

An almost equal distribution, as we’ve seen in Romania in the second question.

The largest group here wants to see a decrease in the number of COVID cases.

Russia

4th question - Russia

Once again, Russia provides a high percentage of dancers who are already willing to attend an event.

Nonetheless, the majority are still waiting for the situation to improve. Most of them would do with each of the options, but more people chose a decrease in numbers than a vaccine or a treatment.

Singapore

4th question - Singapore

No one in Singapore is ready for events right now.

The majority don’t mind what will happen, but they need to see the situation improving somehow.

Spain

4th question - Spain

Pretty similar to the results from Singapore, with a slight advantage to the vaccine option.

One way or the other, the answerers from Spain are not ready for events yet.

Sweden

4th question - Sweden

More than half of the answerers in Sweden don’t mind whether a vaccine or a treatment would be developed, or if the numbers will decrease, as long as any of these happens.

A small percentage is already ready for events.

Switzerland

4th question - Switzerland

Here, the largest group – half of the answerers – specified that they want to see a decrease in the number of cases.

A significant percentage is already ready for events.

Ukraine

4th question - Ukraine

As we’ve already seen, a relatively large percentage of the answerers in Ukraine already feel safe to attend an event.

Among those who don’t the majority don’t mind which option of the above it’ll be, but no one specifically mentioned the vaccine here.

United Kingdom

4th question - United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the largest group of answerers don’t have a preference regarding the factor that will improve the situation.

Among those who have a preference, it’s the vaccine.

USA

4th question - USA

The majority of the dancers aren’t ready for events yet. Most of them don’t have a preferance between the different options.

The treatment option still seems to be the least preferable though.

Conclusions regarding question #4

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Let’s look at the stacked bar graphs:

question 4 - country comparison 1
question 4 - country comparison 2
  1. The largest groups of participants in most countries don’t have a specification. They want to know that something happened and that the world is safe again. It’s hard to tell what this thing would be exactly.
  2. In most countries, more people want to see a decrease in numbers than a vaccine. It makes sense though. Even if there is a vaccine and it has proven to be efficient, people want to see it being applied in most countries. Besides, what better proof is there for its efficiency than seeing COVID dying out?
  3. As I’ve already mentioned, the percentages of those ready to attend events weren’t in line with those we’ve seen in the previous questions. I assume it’s because different people interpreted this question differently. Many of them probably referred to getting back to normal with big events in “unsafe” countries.

Question #5: Which measures would you like to see at the next event you attend in order to feel safe?

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Since some westies are already willing to attend events and others may attend them in certain conditions, it’s important to know what they expect from EDs in order to feel safe to attend.

In this question, I let everyone select more than one answer in order to cover all the measures they’d like to see.

I also provided them with two answers in case measures are not a factor for them:

  • I’m willing to attend an event right now, no measures needed.
  • These measures don’t matter to me because I’d only attend an event when COVID is no longer a threat.

Since most answerers chose more than one answer to this question, I’ll present the results using tables. In these tables, the answers will be ranked by the percentage of people who selected them.

Worldwide

5th question - worldwide

Hand sanitizer, which became one of the most important products in the world since March, is the big winner here. It’s easy to get and not so expensive, and apparently seems like a basic requirement for most westies.

The policy of disinfecting surfaces comes with the hand sanitizer, that’s of course something most people would consider good to have.

The most important message for me here is that half of the people wouldn’t accept anyone being sick at an event. That will not be easy to enforce, but it’s important for many. It means we all have to act more responsibly from now on.

Fever testing on check-in is also very popular (almost 40%). This seems like a reasonable expense if it makes so many people feel safe.

Almost one-third of the answerers (32.98%) stated that these measures are not important since they’d only attend an event when COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Some of them still asked for some measures though, which means we’re probably going to have them after the pandemic disappears.

The percentage of those not asking for any measures is very low (6.13%). That speaks for itself.

The last thing worth noting here is that people aren’t interested in unsocial social events – only 5.29% asked for “no partner switching”.

Let’s see which measures the dancers ask for in each country.

Austria

5th question - Austria

Hand sanitizer becomes even more important in Austria and so is the list of attendees with contact details.

Since such a list should exist as everyone registers at the registration, it mainly means two things: contact details are a must, and no one who isn’t part of the event is allowed to enter the ballroom.

No entrance for symptomatics remains at about 50%, and dance cards gain popularity here – mainly thanks to Chris & Stella’s initiative probably ๐Ÿ˜‰

Canada

5th question - Canada

61.4% – the majority wouldn’t attend events until COVID is gone, and no measures will make them feel safe until then!

The top measures remaing the same ones as in the international average.

Finland

5th question - Finland

Hand sanitizer and no entrance for symptomatic people remain among the most important measures in Finland as well.

However, no entrance for dancers from “Corona Hotspots” is requested by the majority, which wasn’t so in other countries.

A limited number of attendees seems also more important than in other countries.

France

5th question - France

Almost half of the answerers ask for a Mask-wearing obligation!

It wasn’t such a popular measure in other countries so far.

Hand sanitizer and no entrance for symptomatics are still at the top.

Germany

5th question - Germany

“A limited number of attendees” takes the third place this time after the top two we’ve already seen in other countries.

An app for registering dance partners gains more popularity – even more than in Austria. Seems like people trust Andy’s solution in his country ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hungary

5th question - Hungary

Interestingly enough, in Hungary, one of the more adventurous countries according to previous questions, almost half of the dancers would attend events only when COVID is longer a threat.

Another thing worth noting is the relatively high percentage of dancers asking for open windows.

Israel

5th question - Israel

The Israelis are going full-power for tests at the check-in: fever, Corona, and submitting a negative COVID test.

These measures should definitely make sure no symptomatics or even asymptomatic carriers take part in the event.

I must note here that as I came to know lately, there isn’t any Corona test yet that can return immediate results. This means that if people are tested at the check-in, they must be quarantined for at least a few hours afterward. I can think of a few solutions, but they all seem very complicated logistically.

I admit I didn’t think of all that when I created the survey, but it can definitely start an interesting discussion.

Latvia

5th question - Latvia

Hand sanitizer and no entrance for symptomatics remain the most important measures.

A relatively high percentage is willing to attend an event already without any measures. However, an equal percentage would only attend when it’s “safe”.

Netherlands

5th question - Netherlands

The majority would only attend events when COVID is no longer a threat, just like in Canada.

Open windows for air circulation are more important than any other measure here, including hand sanitizer.

Norway

5th question - Norway

Same thing here, just like in the Netherlands and in Canada – no measures would make the majority feel safe at the moment.

No entrance for dancers from “Corona Hotspots” is a very important requirement here, just like in Finland.

Poland

5th question - Poland

In Poland, the top measures are pretty similar to the international average.

Romania

5th question - Romania

For the first time, fever tests are on top.

The measures that follow are those which are popular in most countries.

Russia

5th question - Russia

Hand sanitizer and no entrance for people with symptoms are at the top again, just like in most countries.

Singapore

5th question - singapore

There’s almost a consensus regarding the three most important measures in Singapore.

The interesting choice is the mask-wearing obligation – this is the only country where the majority asked for it.

Spain

5th question - Spain

The top 2 remain the same like in most of the world.

The interesting choice – fever test on the check-in.

Sweden

5th question - Sweden

The top 2 remain the top 2.

Note the relatively high percentage of answerers in Sweden who won’t attend events no matter the measures.

Switzerland

5th question - Switzerland

The list of attendees joins the top 2 and even passes the hand sanitizer.

Ukraine

5th question - Ukraine

Pretty much in line with the other countries. Open windows were requested by a relatively high percentage.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is in line with most countries.

The list of attendees was requested by a relatively high percentage of dancers, though.

USA

5th question - USA

Fever testing was requsted by a relatively high percentage of answerers in the USA.

A relatively high percentage stated that measures aren’t enough to make them feel safe at an event at the moment.

Lastly, the percentage who asked for a mask-wearing obligation is also relatively high.

Conclusions regarding question #5

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  1. Hand sanitizer seems to be the most popular measure dancers expect to see at an event. It’s not expensive and is available almost everywhere, and it’s not such a burden using it regularly.
  2. In most countries, the second most requested measure was no entrance for people with symptoms. It might be unpopular to send someone home or to their room if they seem to be sick, but it needs to be done. More than that – we all have to be responsible and stay home or in our room if we feel sick.
  3. Other measures that were asked for very often were fever tests at the check-in, a list of attendees with contact details, a policy of surface disinfection, and open windows for better air circulation. Those seem to be pretty simple to apply, except for the windows. In many cases, events take place in populated areas where the neighbors might complain about the noise.
  4. One of the most controversial measures in Facebook discussions was the masks. It seems like they aren’t so popular in most countries.
  5. In some countries, a high percentage asked for no entrance for dancers from “Corona hotspots”. This is another controversial measure and a pain point for EDs. In most countries, it wasn’t among the top measures, though.
  6. In most countries, only a small percentage of the answerers stated that they don’t need measures and would already attend an event. This shows the importance of these measures.

Question #6: What do you think of the upcoming WCS events in Poland and France this month and in September?

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This question was meant to test how dancers react to something tangible and not only hypothetic.

We have at least two upcoming events that are really going to happen – will you attend? And if not, why?

One of these events has already passed, and it seems like it went well.

The other will take place in France this month, and I already heard of a few more in different countries in Europe.

I believe the following answers will be valuable for every ED who plans their event, so let’s go.

Worldwide

6th question - worldwide

The majority (79.2%) doesn’t feel safe to attend these events at all, which is almost the exact percentage of answerers who wouldn’t fly to an event from the 3rd question! Incredible! People, you’re consistent! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Most dancers wouldn’t attend these events at the moment, no matter the measures they take.

It’s worth noting that a significant percentage – the second largest group of answerers – not only wouldn’t attend but believes it’s too soon to have events.

That being said, you can’t disregard the percentage of dancers who are willing to attend these events.

Concerning those who feel safe in Poland but not in France and vice versa: You’d think that these answers will mainly come from dancers who feel safe only in their country, but surprisingly, although I had many more answers from France, more people feel safe in Poland!

Let’s check the results excluding these two countries.

Excluding France and Poland

6th question - excluding France and Poland

We can see that more people from other countries feel unsafe to attend (81.7%), but the percentage of those who would attend both has barely changed.

So, the majority of the people who feel safe only in one of these countries is, as expected, the locals, but Poland has still an advantage in other countries as well (even though it’s only 7 answers to 1).

Let’s see how things look like in each country.

Austria

6th question - Austria

The difference between the Austrian answers to question 3 and this one isn’t significant (only 4% considering the green group).

And since most of those who would fly to events from Austria stated that they’ll fly only to “safe” countries, we can deduce that they consider Poland and France as safe.

However, as we’ve already seen, the vast majority here still wouldn’t travel to an event, and many of them think it’s even too soon to have events.

Canada

6th question - Canada

Remaining pretty consistent with the 3rd question: The same percentage that stated they’d fly to an event – 8.8% – would love to attend these events.

This means that those Canadian dancers see France and Poland as safe countries.

The majority still wouldn’t travel and many of them think it’s too soon to have events.

Finland

6th question - Finland

In line with question 3 here as well, more or less: Almost the exact percentage of those who would fly to an event in a safe country would attend these events.

Now we can better assess what is a “safe” country for these dancers. This can be very helpful for EDs I believe. Let’s see if the dancers in other countries consider France and Poland safe as well.

But first, let’s check what the people in France think.

France

6th question - France

As the next event in France will take place next weekend and a few more are planned in the next two months, I hope these answers will be useful for the French EDs.

The percentage of those who think it’s too soon to have events, those who wouldn’t attend because of the measures, and those who are willing to attend.

I believe all of these could be very helpful for EDs and for the discussion within the community.

I really just want to provide everyone with the information and let them make their own decisions. I hope it helps them, that’s all.

Another thing worth noting is that it seems like the difference between the percentage who would travel to Poland (the yellow group) and those who would fly to events in question 3 is almost exactly the green group.

On an interesting note, one person claimed that they feel safer in Poland than in France. I wonder if they selected this answer by mistake ๐Ÿ˜…

Germany

6th question - Germany

If you add up the green and yellow groups, you’ll get almost the exact same percentage that would travel to events from question nr. 3.

Most of them stated they’d only travel to “safe” countries, which means that here as well, France and Poland are considered safe.

Still, most people wouldn’t travel to an event at the moment, as we’ve already learned. The percentage of those thinking it’s too soon to have events remains high.

A small percentage would feel safe in France, but not in Poland.

Hungary

6th question - Hungary

In question 3, 47% stated that they’ll travel to an event, but most of them wouldn’t fly there.

This may be the reason that a lower percentage here would attend the events now, but it’s a relatively small sample, so I wouldn’t jump to conclusions.

Another interesting thing is that some of the answerers here feel safer in Poland than in France. It may have many reasons, but it’s interesting anyway.

Israel

6th question - Israel

So far, Israel has the highest percentage of answerers who feel it’s too soon to have events.

Latvia

6th question - Latvia

As expected by what we’ve seen before, most Latvians would happily attend both events.

This is the first country in which no answerers thinks it’s too soon to have events.

Netherlands

6th question - Netherlands

Pretty much in line with what we’ve seen so far. The difference from the 3rd question isn’t something I’d derive conclusions from in such a small sample.

I wish I had more answers from the Netherlands ๐Ÿ™‚

Norway

6th question - Norway

That’s really a huge surprise for me.

On the 3rd question, all the answerers stated that they wouldn’t travel to an event, and only 4% said they’d travel to a party.

However, now we have 16% who would consider attending those events (including those who wouldn’t attend because of the measures) and 8% who would gladly attend them!

And yet, Almost half of the answerers think it’s too soon to have events right now.

Poland

6th question - Poland

In Poland, the event already took place, but I hope this data will be useful when preparing for future ones.

Here, the majority would feel safe to attend the local event, and a significant percentage would attend the event/s in France.

Moreover, the percentage who thinks it’s too soon to have events is relatively small, like in Hungary and Latvia (where it was actually 0%).

Romania

6th question - Romania

The majority here wouldn’t travel to these events, that’s easy to see.

Some answers are in line with question 3, but some aren’t, which isn’t surprising in these confusing times.

Just like in Hungary, a small percentage feels safer in Poland than in France.

Russia

6th question - Russia

Here there’s already a significant difference between the percentage of those who stated they’d fly to an event (58.8%) in question 3 to the yellow group in this graph.

However, that’s still among the highest percentages of dancers who will attend those events right now.

Singapore

6th question - Singapore

The highest percentage we’ve seen so far who think it’s too soon for events- more than half.

All in all, no one would attend any of the events, as we’ve seen in question 3.

Spain

6th question - Spain

Here there’s also a difference between those who would fly to an event in question 3 and the yellow group in this graph.

Sweden

6th question - Sweden

Like in Norway, Israel, and Singapore, a relatively high percentage think it’s too soon for events.

Like in Hungary and Romania, a small percentage would feel safe in Poland, but not in France.

Switzerland

6th question - Switzerland

Here we see the biggest difference between the 3rd question and this one. There, 56.6% stated that they’d travel to an event, and here, only 16.7% would attend both events, and 22.3% would attend the event in Poland.

A significant percentage wouldn’t attend them because of the measures, but that doesn’t cover the entire gap.

A relatively low percentage feels it’s too soon to have events, just like in Poland and in other countries which were less cautious in previous questions: Latvia, Russia, and Hungary.

Like in Hungary, Romania, and Sweden, a small percentage would feel safer in Poland than in France.

Ukraine

6th question - Ukraine

As we’ve seen in the 3rd question, a relatively high percentage is willing to travel to events, and here the yellow group is even slightly bigger.

Among the half who wouldn’t travel to these events, the majority think it’s too soon to have events in general.

United Kingdom

6th question - United Kingdom

13.2% stated in question 3 that they’d travel to events, and these answers are in line with that.

The majority here think it’s too soon for events – almost the same percentage as in Singapore.

USA

6th question - USA

The biggest group here thinks it’s too soon to have events, but the percentage who would attend these events is also relatively high.

Interesting to note that a small percentage would travel to Poland but not to France, even though it’s too small to derive conclusions from.

If you add this percentage to the yellow group, you get exactly the same percentage who stated they’d fly to events in question 3.

If you add those who wouldn’t attend because of the measures, you get an even higher percentage than in the 3rd question, which I find interesting.

Conclusions regarding question #6

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Here are the comparison graphs:

6th question - country comparison 1
6th question - country comparison 2
  1. As we could expect based on previous questions, in most countries, the majority wouldn’t attend these events, as they wouldn’t attend any events at the moment.
  2. A very significant percentage in almost every country thinks it’s too soon to have events right now.
  3. In most countries, the percentage who would attend these events is similar to the percentage who would travel to events in question 3. This probably means that most people consider France and Poland as “safe” countries. There were some exceptions, however, where people might not see it that way.
  4. The percentage that wouldn’t attend the events because of the measures was very low in most countries. This means that currently, measures matter much less than other factors, such as those we’ve discussed in question 4.

Wrapping up

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  1. The answers I received were really diverse and there weren’t too many consensuses.
  2. The answers differed greatly between different countries, which is why it was so important to me to show you the answer distribution in each and every country and not just an overall distribution.
  3. Even though the answers were diverse, some conclusions become very clear now.
  4. The majority of the dancers in most countries wouldn’t dance in other countries at all at the moment, not to mention travel to an event.
  5. A very significant percentage of answerers in most countries think it’s even too soon to have events right now.
  6. Most answerers in most countries wouldn’t even switch partners freely within their own local communities.
  7. Seems like most people don’t mind whether it’ll be a vaccine, a decrease in the number of cases, or a cure, but they need one of these to happen in order to feel safe to travel to an event. In most countries, more people want to see the numbers decrease than have a vaccine.
  8. Most of the answerers know at least one person who had Coronavirus. The percentage of COVID cases within our community is thankfully very low.
  9. In most European countries, in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and parts of Australia indoor parties are already allowed – with a limited number of participants.
  10. In North and South America, in some European countries, in Dubai, and in parts of Australia, it’s only allowed to dance with a fixed partner.
  11. Some countries, mainly in Eastern and Central Europe, are less cautious and the majority there is already willing to switch partners freely and travel to events.
  12. Interestingly, in most countries, more people were willing to travel to an event than to attend a local one. Seems like they find an event abroad more exciting and are willing to take the risk. It might also be because they think of a small event, whereas I stated: “big event” in the question discussing the local ones.
  13. The most popular measures in almost every country were the hand sanitizer and no entrance for people with suspicious symptoms.
  14. The more controversial measures, such as mask-wearing obligation and no entrance for people from “Corona Hotspots”, weren’t the most popular ones in most countries, but they were in some.
  15. A very small percentage stated that they don’t need measures at all. A much higher percentage answered that they’d only attend events when COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

On a personal note, that was my biggest project and I hope it’ll help the community, and especially EDs, in these confusing times.

I’ll probably update this article and add a few more graphs I didn’t have the time to add yet.

Feel free to comment and send me messages, here and on Facebook. I’d love to discuss these results, and I believe our community should discuss them.

Stay healthy and safe.

Yuval Yaary
Yuval is an ambitious entrepreneur and an enthusiastic dancer, who has combined those two characteristics in order to create the YY Westie. He also works as a content writer for marketing and besides dancing, he loves football, cats, pizza, and making friends.

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