Toronto’s Diversity on the Dance Floor

So Just How Diverse is the Toronto Salsa Practice (TSP)?

A look at the Toronto Salsa Practice (TSP) as a microcosm of Toronto’s diversity.

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The dance floor of the TSP is one of the most multi-cultural places in all of the city of Toronto.  Home to numerous cultural festivals, Toronto is used to diversity but no where else in the city does our diversity come together so fully or completely as it does at the TSP.  And for one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, that’s saying a lot.  From race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation to occupation, the extent of Toronto’s diversity present on the dance floor is impressive and its what makes the TSP a microcosm of our city.  What better place to play, experiment and take chances with diversity than here!

To lend weight to the TSP as a microcosm of Toronto’s diversity, a random survey was carried out one day at the Practice and here are some of the findings:

– Of the almost 100 surveyed, 60% were born outside of Canada.

– In terms of ethnicity, only 13% identified as Canadian-Caucasian.  Other ethnicities present ranged from Asian, Filipino, Persian, Hispanic, Caribbean, European, East European and African.

– 60% spoke more than one language and of those, 40% spoke three or more different languages.

– Ages aged from 21 to 65 yrs old, with the majority in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.

– Occupations ranged from librarian, engineer, lawyer, florist, pension officer, retiree, student, chef, chemist, social worker, banker, advertising exec, medical technician, marketer, software developer to business owner.

Put into the broader city wide context, these numbers accurately represent the city’s ethnic, linguistic and immigrant make up, and at times surpass them.  Based 2006 national statistics for example, 50% of Toronto’s 2.79 million population, was born outside the country, and 47% identified as members of a visible minority.  Statistic show that Toronto is home to over 140 languages and dialects and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home.  Similar to the ethnic groups found on the dance floor of the TSP, the top five visible minority groups in Toronto as reported in 2006, include:

  • South Asian at 298,372 or 12 per cent of our population
  • Chinese at 283,075 or 11.4 per cent
  • Black at 208,555 or 8.4 per cent
  • Filipino at 102,555 or 4.1 per cent
  • Latin American at 64,860 or 2.6 per cent

See the City of Toronto’s website here, for these and other statistics.

A larger map of the TSP dance floor can be found here.


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