October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

We’re delighted to announce our upcoming Family Dance Festival to be held in October.  The Family Dance Festival will run from 1 – 29 October and will be made up of dance related events for children, their friends, carers and families.

The events timetable and booking details can be found on Dancin’ Oxford’s website here: https://www.dancinoxford.co.uk/whats-on/


Claire Thompson, Arts Development Officer for the Oxford City Council and the programmer for the Family Dance Festival said,

“We are so thrilled to bring this lovely Family Dance Festival to our community here in Oxford.  The events in our Family Dance Festival are designed to stimulate the creativity of babies and young children.  Though there will be something for everyone. There is so much to see and do, with many events free.  Come along, have fun and make new friends!”

The events include:

  • Animal-themed Baby Boogie dance events to be held at the Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Tiny Ideas Festival;
  • Family dance parties with a live DJ, fabulous disco lights and bubbles;
  • A fabulous interactive contemporary dance show called Prehension Blooms by Neon Danceincorporating the latest in AI robotic technology in partnership with IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival;
  • A magical, interactive dance theatre show called Underwater by Xenia Aidonopoulou Projects and Georgia Tegou, for young babies, about the friendship between an octopus and a ballerina, taking place in the dreamy blue ocean;
  • Two intergenerational family dance workshops with live music, led by Cecilia Macfarlane; and
  • A beautiful, moving dance piece for all ages called Still Breathing by Unlock the Chains Collectiveexploring racial injustice.

More About the Events

  • Animal Themed Baby Boogies, in partnership with the Tiny Ideas Festival, is a disco with crafts and activities for parents and toddlers. Held at the Museum of Natural History, these events are designed specifically for children 5 years old & under, and their families. These events will involve 45 minutes of dance and 15 minutes of specimen handling. Free, but booking recommended.
  • Family Dance Parties are a magical mix of music played by a live DJ, amazing disco lighting, bubbles, games and everything you need to have a great time dancing and making new friends.
  • Neon Dance has brought together cutting edge robotics, contemporary dance and music in its new show, Prehension Blooms – which explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness through the interaction of two dancers, the audience and expressive bio-robots. Dancin’ Oxford brings this beautiful show to Oxford in partnership with IF Oxford Festival.
  • Xenia Aidonopoulou is a dance dramaturg, creative consultant and director who explores the relationships between dance and theatre. In collaboration with Georgia Tegou, Xenia has created a magical multi-sensory show, Underwater, for babies between the ages of 0-2 years.  Underwater follows the relationship between a ballerina and an octopus in the dreamy, bubbly, blue ocean.
  • Intergenerational Family Dance Workshop is an opportunity for family members, of all ages, to dance together in a fun and informal 90-minute creative dance session with live music, led by dance artist Cecilia Macfarlane. To make it intergenerational we encourage you to come with a friend or family member at least ten years older or younger than yourself!
  • Unlock the Chains Collective is a collaborative theatre and dance company, founded by Euton Daley which explores social justice. Still Breathing is a movement piece that inspires resilience and hope in the face of racial injustice – as yet another life is taken by the system that is there to protect.


At various locations throughout Oxford.