Oxford Dance Forum

Oxford Dance Forum (ODF) exists to support the professional development of dance artists in Oxfordshire, at all stages of their career. The organisation recognises, draws on and invests in the skills of individual dance practitioners. It celebrates diversity and dancers’ individuality. The forum also aims to be an advocate for dance locally, regionally and nationally.

ODF is run by a Steering Group which currently consists of Ana Barbour,  Jane Connolly,  Euton Daley, JJ Fermento, Emma-Jane Greig, Anja Meinhardt, Claire Thompson and ODF Administrator Tei Williams.  It makes decisions on behalf of and in the wider interest of the membership. (NB These individuals can make applications to ODF funding streams but but would, in that scenario, not take part in the decision making process).  You can contact the Steering Group by emailing evolutionoxford@gmail.com

The Evolution Project

Funded by the Arts Council of England, Evolution is a three year artist-led programme supporting professional dance development and enabling Oxfordshire-based dance artists to develop their careers and artistic practice.

Evolution  evolved from the successfully delivered Home-Bed, a 2 year (GFA funded) programme-supported which made a step-change in artists’ confidence and the range of their activities and practices. It made a significant impact on the ability, quality and ambition of dance artists and their work over the course of the two years of the project, providing opportunities for artists to:

  • develop new skills, especially management, with a significant increase in both the number of new applications and successful applications to funding bodies (Arts Council England and Oxford City Council Cultural funds) as well as crowd funding opportunities;
  • develop their practice especially in the area of  cross-arts collaborations – There has been recent collaborations with spoken word, live music, film and animation;
  • develop, produce and present work from open laboratories to scratch nights (in partnership with Arts at the Old Fire Station) to platforms (Moving with the Times with Pegasus Theatre and Dancin’ Oxford) to full-productions (eg: Sole Rebel Tap, Joe Lott Dance, Anja Meinhardt/Justice In Motion, Body Politic, Unlock the Chains Collective).

For more information about Evolution funding and how to apply click on Evolution.