Is cursive still pervasive in Russian areas?
Svetlana says that cursive is quite dominant
I have been told that in English areas they are dropping cursive from instruction, as it is dying out.
Is cursive in Russian areas likewise fading, or still going strong?
(I do not know how old that video is, so am not sure if it is outdated.)
Cursive is very commonly used; in fact, only children or the mentally handicapped are the primary group of people that use only print in Russian speaking countries. It's definitely worthwhile to learn handwriting as well, as sometimes Russian in italic resembles the handwritten letters and it may be hard to understand if you are not familiar with cursive Russian. :)
Don't overthink it. It's probably a good idea to learn how to read it, but a lot of handwritten Russian is almost unintelligible to me and I am a native speaker. The last time I had to write by had was during my IELTS exam. The only times I've used Russian cursive in the last ten years or so is for my signature.