While the audience participation at performing arts events around the country is changing every year, decreasing at some while increasing at others, I seek to analyze a reason for why this may be. In this paper, I analyze audience participation at live dance performances, specifically that of ballets and Broadway shows, and to see how higher dance education may be affecting these audience numbers. Previous literature has provided information on audience numbers at performing arts events in the past, but has not focused specifically on that of ballet and Broadway performances. I am also comparing data from the national level to that of the state level, in order to get a stronger sense of correlation between the two. The results of my study show that at the national level, attendance at ballet performances is positively correlated with higher dance education, while attendance at Broadway shows has proved to be negatively correlated, going against my hypothesis. At the state level, however, my results showed the opposite. Attendance at Broadway shows was positively correlated with higher dance education while attendance at ballet performances showed to be negatively correlated.