Indianapolis, IN—For the past two years, dancers in the city of Indianapolis have been flocking to the city’s famed dance clubs for free.
Known for their stunning choreography and unique costumes, the dance clubs have long attracted young and hip, young and beautiful people looking to meet other like-minded people.
The number of dance clubs in Indianapolis has exploded over the past few years, according to reports, and the city now boasts more than 20 dance clubs with over 200 rooms.
In 2015, the number of dances on a night in the clubs was over 400, according the American Dance Conservancy.
According to the Indiana Dance Association, Indianapolis has one of the most diverse dance communities in the United States, with over 50 percent of the dance community living outside the city.
With the rise of dance music, however, the diversity of dance has also decreased, according Steve Hickey, executive director of the Indiana Association of Dance Clubs.
“With the rise in dance music we’ve seen a lot of gentrification,” Hickey told Breitbart News.
“The diversity of people who come to these dance clubs is becoming smaller, and that has a lot to do with gentrification.
It’s a real shame because it’s one of those places where the community can get together and create a great dance scene, and they can make that their home.”
Many of the new dance clubs cater to a wider demographic than the older dance halls in the area, which cater primarily to older women.
“There are some older ladies who are very into dance, and we do get some women who are dancing for the first time,” Hirschy said.
“We see a lot more younger dancers.
There are a lot fewer older dancers.
And so they have a lot less time to go through the traditional dance training.
We have a big increase in younger dancers coming to these venues.”
Hirschick said there are a few things that are changing at the dance club scene.
“I think that the number one thing is that there’s more people who are involved,” Hinkle said.
“[They’re] there for the purpose of creating something different.
They want to create something different, but also, they want to bring something new to the dance scene.”
Hickey said that the dance halls are also becoming less and less diverse.
“You have this group of people that are kind of the last group of dancegoers out there, but they’re doing something different and they’re really interested in creating something,” Hodge said.
Hickey noted that the area is still a little different than it was before.
“When I was growing up, we were the middle of nowhere,” Hicke said.
But now the area has a growing economy, more people are leaving Indianapolis for bigger cities and more young people are moving out of the city to live outside of the suburbs.
The area is also becoming more diverse.
The Indiana Dance Conservatory has been trying to reach out to the local dance clubs to try and make the dance scenes in Indianapolis a little more diverse and open to a greater number of people, including people who don’t dance.
“They are very open to having their space filled with new dancers,” Hichek said.
The new dance music trend in Indianapolis is bringing new faces to the scene.
But with the gentrification of the area comes more competition for dance space, Hickey says.
“People have moved out to bigger cities, so it has become more difficult for the dance studios,” Hice said.
As the dance industry continues to expand, more and more people will find themselves unable to afford to attend a dance club.
“It’s a very challenging time for all of us,” Hiccke said, noting that the industry is experiencing a lot pressure on its dancers and performers to perform better in order to make ends meet.
“Every time we see a change, the dancers feel like they have to take a step back,” Hike said.
While some of the older dancers are still in the industry, many of the younger dancers are leaving.
Hice says the dance bars are struggling to find new dancers because they’re not able to afford the travel costs and accommodations that dance studios in larger cities need.
“So many of these younger dancers, they are really starting to see that the costs for traveling to a dance venue are not being met by the dance venues,” Hiley said.
At the same time, many dance halls aren’t able to find enough dancers to fill the dance rooms.
“That’s where we’re at,” Hitch said.
And that’s where the dance room is struggling.
“This is what we’re seeing now,” Hick said.