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 who make decisions on behalf of and in the wider interest of the membership. At the AGM on 20 Jan 2020 the new steering group was elected: Jane Connolly,  Jenny Parrott, Ségolène Tarte and Susie Crow.

You can contact the Steering Group by emailing oxford.dance.forum@gmail.com

Read the minutes from our last open meeting here: ODF AGM and Open Meeting 20 Jan 2020

ODF Steering Group – Formalisation protocol Dec 2019

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ODF update 19 March 2020

Due to the spread of the coronavirus most venues are now closed for the next few months and performances and classes cancelled. This means that the Dance Scratch night at Arts at the Old Fire Station in April has been cancelled and the ODF Creative Labs in April and May too. 

The ODF steering group are meeting on Friday 20 March and plan to discuss how we as a community can support each other via online spaces if we cannot physically meet safely.

We will all need advice and support during this uncertain time. ODF may not be able to offer much in terms of financial help but we will do our best to prepare and plan future opportunities for local artists and our community.

This might also include creative challenges and such like to retain our sanity and identity as makers/artists and humans. Please email oxford.dance.forum@gmail.com with any thoughts/suggestions you have.

We’ll post an update in due course.


The Evolution Project

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

Evolution, which finished in 2019,  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).

End of Evolution Celebration Event – Sunday 13th October 2019
at The Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ 

Thank you to everyone who came along to support Oxfordshire dance artists at the Evolution Celebration event at The Old Fire Station on Sunday 13th October. We had a fantastic variety of work on show and really supportive and appreciative audiences too. All the performances were all free and we raised £155 in cash donations on the day.

Thank you to everyone who contributed the event being such a success. The Oxford Dance Writers blog has a review of the afternoon performances written by Maggie Watson