Key Dates



The next Oxford Dance Forum / Old Fire Station Dance Scratch Event will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2020 (7.30pm) at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.

This is a great opportunity if you have a dance piece-in-progress which you’d like to share and get audience feedback on. We can cater for up to 5 dance pieces. As has been the practice for a while, one of the places will be offered as a guest space to a dance artist from across the SE region.

The event will be ticketed to the public (tickets sold for £5 through the OFS box office – in advance and on the door). The feedback will be facilitated and guided towards what you want to hear from the audience. Recent Dance Scratch nights have had good audience turn-out, we encourage those selected to assist with promoting the event to help get people in!

We will have a technician and will therefore be able to offer basic lighting (video projection should be possible but we will need to discuss this in advance if you want to use projection) please bear this in mind. All performers will be allocated a brief technical run prior to the Scratch. (Times to be confirmed). The work should be no longer than 6 minutes (Maximum length) and will need to require fairly brief set up and take down time between pieces.

You can apply for a slot via the OFS website or by email to answering the following questions

  • Artist or Company name
  • A sentence describing who you are, where you live/work and your practice
  • Title/Working title of piece
  • Length of the piece
  • Summary of the piece (200 words max)
  • Number of performers
  • What sort of feedback you are looking e.g. initial response from audience, suggestions for structuring, dealing with an ‘artistic block’ etc

The deadline for applications is Thursday 27 Feb at 5pm 


Winter/Spring CREATIVE LABS hosted by Lizzy Spight

Mondays 20 Jan, 17th Feb and 16th March 2020 10am-12noon
FREE to attend – Dance Studio, Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ 

If you have a creative idea and want to try it out through dance and movement Creative Labs is the space to join. These are FREE to attend for ODF members. Please email in advance to confirm your attendance and send details if you have an idea you want to explore so time can be allocated fairly among participants.You can also get in touch if you are interested in facilitating future sessions.

The hosting of ODF creative labs is shared around ODF members who are interested in helping other dancers/dance makers explore movement ideas in a safe and supportive space. If you would like to attend and have an idea you want to try out please email You can also get in touch if you are interested in hosting future sessions.


Oxford City Council Culture Fund 

Application dates for 2020

Round 1 – (Projects between 1 April 20 – 31 March 21)
Opens on Weds 5 Feb 2020
Closes on Weds 4 March 2020 (12pm)
Decision due Thurs 6 March 2020

Round 2 – (Projects between 1 Sept 20 – 31 March 21)
Opens on Weds 3 June 2020
Closes on Weds 1 July 2020 (12pm)
Decision due Mon 20 July 2020

Round 3 – (Projects between 1 Dec 20 – 31 March 21)
Opens on Weds 16 Sept 2020
Closes on Weds 14 Oct 2020 (12pm)
Decision due Mon 2 November 2020

Apply to Culture Fund For advice email