Underwater – credit Celia Topping.

Dancin’ Oxford’s Family Dance Festival is back from October 1 – 29, with an exciting programme of dance related events for children, their friends, carers, and families.  

These events include:

  • Animal-themed Baby Boogie dance events to be held at the Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Tiny Ideas Festival; a disco with crafts and activities for parents and toddlers. 45 minutes of dance and 15 minutes of specimen handling. Free, but booking recommended.
Family Dance. credit Stu Allsopp
  • Family dance parties with a live DJ, fabulous disco lights and bubbles; everything you need to have a great time dancing and making new friends.
Neon Dance_Prehension Blooms_Miles Hart Photography
  • A fabulous interactive contemporary dance show called Prehension Blooms by Neon Dance has brought together cutting edge robotics, contemporary dance and music in its new show in partnership with IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival. It explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness through the interaction of two dancers, the audience and expressive bio-robots.
Neon Dance_Prehension Blooms_Miles Hart Photography
  • A magical, interactive dance theatre show called Underwater by Xenia Aidonopoulou Projects and Georgia Tegou, for young babies, about the friendship between an octopus and a ballerina, taking place in the dreamy blue ocean. This magical multi-sensory show is for babies aged 0-2 years. 
Underwater. credit Celia Topping
  • Two intergenerational family dance workshops with live music, led by Cecilia Macfarlane – an opportunity for family members, of all ages, to dance together in a fun and informal 90-minute creative dance session. To make it intergenerational, come with a friend or family member at least ten years older or younger than yourself!
Still Breathing. pic by Catherine Flutsch
  • A beautiful, moving dance piece for all ages called Still Breathing exploring racial injustice while inspiring resilience and hope. Brought to you by Unlock the Chains Collective, a collaborative theatre and dance company founded by Euton Daley which explores social justice.  

The programme is designed to stimulate the creativity of babies and young children, but there will be something for everyone to enjoy. “There is so much to see and do, with many events free. Come along, have fun and make new friends!” Claire Thompson, Arts Development Officer for the Oxford City Council said.

To book and for more details go to https://www.dancinoxford.co.uk/whats-on/