Dance in Oxford has grown considerably over recent years with the strong support of Oxford City Council, and its Arts Development Officer. The City Council’s dance development objectives link directly into the Cultural Strategy for Oxford and include aims to:
- increase participation in dance work with those involved in dance provision to enhance the profile, quality and variety of dance activity in the city
- lead, initiate and fundraise for innovative dance-based projects, and
- ensure access to support and professional development for Oxford-based professional dance artists and companies.
Dancin’ Oxford is a major development for dance both locally, regionally and nationally. It significantly raises the profile and visibility of dance in the city, further establishing Oxford as a recognized hub for vibrant dance activity. It also provides opportunity for participants to actively engage in high quality dance, through an exciting programme of participatory activity and a performance programme.
Dancin’ Oxford involves a successful and well co-ordinated partnership working between key organisations in the city. Festival partners are Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, North Wall Arts Centre, The Mill Arts Centre (Banbury), Oxford City Council and Oxford Castle Quarter.