2014 Dancin' Oxford Festival - Summer Festival

What a brilliant Spring festival of Dance we had this year.  Inspiring shows, sell-out audiences, crowd pleasing dance on the streets (blessed with the fine weather, of course!), interactive dance with the Digital Prisoners on Bonn Square and lots of participation with taster workshops, Baby Boogie and Family Dance Sessions.

But that's not it for the year.   Coming up over the next few weeks is a summer of delight in the form of three fantastic free dance performance events to entertain, inspire and engage. Check out the What's On page for full details. There's something for everyone!

Dancin' Oxford has been awarded a 3 year grant from the Arts Council of England, which means for the next 3 years we will be staging exciting summer outdoor events plus a Family Dance Week in the autumn. ** Programme to be confirmed shortly! ** For BABY BOOGIE lovers, check out the dates of our events coming up through the year on the What's On page..

Dance Writers of the Future 2014 Competition Winner -   Penny Cullerne-Bown Principal of East Oxford School of Ballet, Susie Crow of Oxford Dance Writers and this year’s special guest, dance critic of The Times Donald Hutera, Oxford Dance Writers has great pleasure in announcing the result of the third Dance Writers of the Future Competition. The prize for the 17 to 22 years category has been awarded to Emily Romain, for her vivid and perceptive review of Barak Marshall’s work The Castaways, performed by Rambert at the New Theatre on March 19th. Emily is a recent graduate of Oxford University and an aspiring choreographer looking to further her studies in dance. Her winning entry is posted on the Oxford Dance Writers site (http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/features/item/1486-emily_romain_castaways_dancing_times_oxford_dance_writers) and on the website of The Dancing Times. The judges also wish to offer a special commendation to Sergei Kundik, the youngest entrant in this category, for his evocative and heartfelt account of the dance piece This Bitter Earth. Oxford Dance Writers would like to express its gratitude to the judges for giving this their time and expert consideration, and to Dancin’ Oxford, The Dancing Times, Oxford Playhouse, New Theatre and Oxford University Press for their generous support. But above all thank you to all entrants for your interest; we very much enjoyed reading your thoughts and impressions, and would encourage you all to keep on observing, thinking and writing about dance; Oxford Dance Writers looks forward to welcoming your further comments and contributions about what you see – keep in touch!

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