September Newsletter

                                      SCRATCH NIGHT 

Tickets are now on sale for the Dance Scratch on Wed 5 October at the Old Fire Station. We're delighted to have Nathan Grassi helping us produce this event and support the artists sharing new works in progress who are:

ODF members Andy Solway, Ayala Kingsley, Ségolène Tarte and our regional guests from High Wycombe Dew Dance.

Read more about their ideas and what they will be sharing here

Tickets are only £5 book here and come and support local makers trying out new ideas! There will be an interval so time to have more discussions and catch up with people and spend more at the OFS bar!

                                          CREATIVE LABS   

                         Saturdays: 17 Sept, 22nd Oct & 19 Nov
                                     3pm - 5pm at URC Hall

Creative Lab is a self organising session by those who attend – Bring ideas to share and try out together in the space and have time for feedback/discussion or use this time to rehearse something you are working on.

Please email us to confirm your place as we will continue to limit numbers for safety and comfort. Remember to wear layers as we will keep the window/doors open for ventilation, so bring what you need to feel warm and a drink. 

We also ask/recommend if possible that you take a lateral flow test before attending and not to come if you have any covid symptoms or feel unwell. FREE to attend for members and by donation for non members. 

More information on membership is available on the ODF website here


    ARTIST SUPPORT from Arts at the Old Fire Station

Last-Minute Reduced Rate Space Deal

The last-minute reduced rate space deal has been really successful with 105 hours of  space made available to artists from May to July.

What is it?
Enquiries should be made no more than 7 days before the date when you want space.

Space is for rehearsal or artistic development only. 

How much?
It's £10 per hour, minimum 3 hours.

The last-minute offer is available every single day including Sundays from 10.00am to whenever the venue closes.

Rehearsal and artistic development
But not classes, income-generating activity or activity which involves members of the public.
If you're not sure, please get in touch to check.

Email to book space/ask questions

Monday Co-Working Space
On Mondays from 12 September to 28 November, OFS is opening the cafe on Mondays as a free co-working space. To book space or to find out more


Dance Research Studio 

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Conversations with uncertainty; scores for soloing in relationship 

Sat 15th October (11 am – 4 pm) Cost £20/£10

Join Tara Silverthorn and Gaelin Little of Eleven Farrer House in a workshop to explore conversations with uncertainty through choreographic practices. More info and book here

Space Clarence Mews 
Choreographers, composers, directors, writers, maker-performers at any stage in their experience of making/ performing/ writing 


Delve, draft, test, question, discard, run with or keep for later. A small group of artists will support each other’s process through listening, witnessing, communicating their experience and asking questions. Each programme is for 4-6 artists - includes mix  of online and  in-person  meetings, option of studio space, 3 mentoring sessions, final work in progress sharing
Please don't be put off by requested artist contribution, we can arrange very long payment plan For more information on either programme


ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) have come together to provide a paid opportunity for freelance Hip Hop dancers who wish to explore different career options beyond performing.

Successful applicants will receive:
• a grant of up to £2000 to be used towards retraining or exploring a different career
• be part of a DCD’s Beyond Dance Mentoring Programme, powered by Moving Ahead, designed to give dance artists the opportunity to create
connections and networks outside of the dance sector
• one to one Personal and Career Development Coaching sessions
• access to ZooNation and DCD’s expertise and people
• peer-to-peer support.

For more information on how to apply Deadline 10 Oct


Pro Dance Oxford host regular professional level workshops in Oxford. Email  to sign up for news of forthcoming workshops. Next workshop Fri 23 September 10am-4pm at OFS with Attila Andrasi.

This workshop explores virtuous rhythmicality, the sensation of fluidity and the "Aesthetic" "Inner" Body mind interrogation. more info and book here

Remembering Nature, Rivers of Life -  Monthly outdoor movement with Helen Edwards  Sunday 25 September 2.30pm - 4.30pm Headington Hill Park, Oxford

Time to remember and connect in the web of nature, through natural free movement.
Finding the resting in earth and body, mind and spirit.  From seed to ancestor, connecting with the trees...past, present and future. Through awareness of breathing, stillness and movement in the flow of life in nature discover pause, resting and relaxation as part of the rhythm of the season and landscape; inner and outer. In celebration of the movement work of Suprapto Suryodarmo. An event during Big Green Week.
Wear all weather comfortable clothes, the park is a little hilly so good shoes are advisable. Meet in the car park at the main gates (not the smaller pedestrian entrance) of the park, on Headington Hill just up from St Clements and the junction with Marston Road. Free event. Open to all.

Email Helen for more information if you want to attend. FB event link


Cafe Reason 

Café Reason offers regular open butoh classes and workshops. These sessions are suitable for all body types, ages, and levels of skill; no previous experience is necessary. There is a rotating pool of teachers, so that participants can benefit from different approaches to butoh training. Open Class will run on Saturday 24 Sept, 8 Oct, 22 Oct  10am - 1pm

Contact Ayala for more information and to book your place on any of the sessions.


Lizzie Spight 
- Dance and Movement sessions - Last Tuesday of every month 7-8.30pm at St Mary & St Nicholas Church in Littlemore. Everybody welcome -  contact Lizzie to find out more and sign up

Bella Blythe teaches contemporary dance and yoga in Oxford -

Vita Peach teaching new beginner Burlesque classes at the OFS 

Joelle Pappas - Creative Contemporary Dance Class for Adults
With flow and breath, develop the dancer in you! Fridays 19.45 - 21.00 (UK time) at Iffley Church Hall in Oxford. Joëlle Pappas leads a mix of somatic explorations, improvisations, contemporary dance techniques and choreographic tasks. For more details about the class, please email Joëlle 

Lunas Contemporary Dance - Contemporary classes on Weds eves at OFS Email: Ellie Aldegheri

Susie Crow weekly ballet online/in person classes for a range of levels. Email Susie for details

Ségolène Tarte several weekly ballet classes online and in person Dancing Convolutions 

Tingting Yang offers classes in Chinese Dance online for adults and children

Thomas Page Dances Open Level Cunningham Class Mondays & Open level release class Fridays - Pay what you can. Email Thomas to book.

Confluence Collective Cafe/Marhaba and Meeting Points

These Oxford based mixed arts groups continue to meet and share virtually. Share a song, dance or poem or else just sit and listen and watch. You will have to be bring your own food and drink. See their facebook pages for more information CONFLUENCE CAFE/MARHABA and MEETING POINTS 

Mini Professionals -  new adult dance classes for all levels in North Oxford
See the website: and follow on Instagram: @mpda_plus

Vicky Rainbow - Offers Creative Dance for Wellbeing Courses in Abingdon "Feel Good in Your Body & Soul"

Oxford Contact Dance - organising dance sessions (jams), classes and workshops. Dancers of all levels are welcome including beginners. For more info go to: or email


Dancer in Community Residencies

Dancin' Oxford are looking to recruit one or two dance practitioners who are committed to working at grassroots level with local communities. One will be resident in Barton and the other in Blackbird Leys.

The artists will become fully embedded within their local community area. They will develop key partnerships with local groups and organisations in order to build relationship and trust, and will identify relevant opportunities in response to local needs and wants; to increase access to participation and engagement in dance.

Deadline 9am Mon 19 Sept More info and apply here

Moving with the Times Commission 

Three dance artists/companies will be commissioned to present and showcase work as part of the Dancin’ Oxford 2023 Spring Dance Festival at Pegasus Theatre on 3 & 4 March 2023.

Each selected company or artist will receive a guaranteed £1,000 commission fee to create the work.

The commission also includes technical support, marketing and promotion provided by Pegasus and Dancin’ Oxford (including specific promotional material). Pegasus may be able to offer some free daytime studio rehearsal space (if available).

All selected artists will be expected to perform an extract of their piece live at a preview event ‘First Look’ at Pegasus Theatre on Friday 20 January 2023 at which there will be the opportunity for facilitated audience feedback.

Deadline 9am Wed 21 Sept  Read more and apply here

Artist seeking collaborators in dance

William Rowsell is a visual artist who lives just outside Oxford. He has worked with contemporary dancers such as Luke Brown Dance, developing a group called Drawing Bodies in Motion

He has a special focus on painting movement and dance and would be interested in collaborating with local dancers. See his work here: 

Email William to start a conversation!

Dance Reading Festival November 2022

1. JUMP! the dance showcase for any style at any level is back. JUMP is a platform for you or your students to showcase the amazing work they do.They  are looking for 2 - 3 minute pieces of work, they can be work in progress, existing work, students' work, to be performed on Sat 3rd December (show 7pm - 9pm, tech rehearsal slots during the day) at Read College, St Bart Theatre) Please fill in this application form and we will do our best to fit everyone in! We are really hoping for a diverse mix of styles, because that's what makes JUMP so exciting, for the audience and the performers!


2. We want dance month to raise the visibility of everything YOU are doing. So, if you have classes, workshops, one off sessions, taster sessions or events in November that you would like us to advertise during the festival on all our channels, please fill in this form! If you want to offer special free taster sessions or one off classes for potential new dancers, then add that info to the form and we'll promote them for you.


Assistant Producer - 

Dance Reading is an arts charity committed to creating a thriving dance landscape that everyone can access in Reading and surrounding areas.

They're looking for an assistant producer, ideally someone local to Berkshire, who can support with the delivery of their annual festival this November.

Work would commence early October and finish early December; they anticipate the role allowing for approximately 20 days across this time period (based on a 7 hour working day), at a rate of £200 a day. Some work will be evenings and weekends during the festival and some based from home, with regular meetings with the festival team online and in person.

  • Application Deadline: Friday 30th September 2022, midnight
  • Interviews: Mon 3rd October via Zoom
  • Contract starts: Monday 10th October

More info and how to apply here


Oxford City Council 

You can find useful grants advice, fundraising guidance and support list on Oxford City Council website 

NEW - Oxford Community Impact Fund (OCIF)

This replaces all former funding programmes for communities including: Culture Fund, Green Neighbourhood Scheme, Youth Ambition Fund, Youth Ambition Holiday Activities Fund, Small Grants and Open Bidding.

Individuals can apply for small grants of up to £1k and organisations can apply for small or medium grants of £1k - £5k. Round 3 is open the Deadline is 17 October  Find out more here 

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants - This fund has reopened with new guidance and criteria. You can apply for £1k - £100k. If you are applying for £30,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 8 weeks. If you are applying for over £30,000 a decision will take 12 weeks. You should read the guidance documents on their website before applying. 

Who can apply: Individual artists and practitioners, community and cultural organisations, museums and libraries.

What you can apply for: Arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with creativity and culture. Key dates: National Lottery Project Grants is open all the time, there are no deadlines. 

Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP)

The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring. 

Funding activity: Research and development opportunities, building new networks, creating new work

Grant range: £2,000 - £10,000

Eligibility: Individual artists and/or creative practitioners. You can find full eligibility criteria in the guidance for applicants. Organisations cannot apply.

Round 15 is open and will close on 4 October at midday

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South East Dance also offer 1-2-1 artist support and advisory sessions. Book here. 

Sport England Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund launched

Sport England have launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities.

Using money from the National Lottery, the fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to community organisations in support of new projects providing opportunities to become more physically active. More information The £5 million pot is part of more than £22m of investment from the National Lottery in schemes across various sectors that'll celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service.

Dance Professionals Fund - The Dancers’ Hardship Fund

Who can apply: Professional dancers. Support given to freelance dancers across genres including ballet, contemporary, Black and Asian dance and hip hop including those with portfolio careers, e.g. choreography, who whose work would normally include employment in the subsidised dance sector. The emergency Arts Council support grants have now ended but you can still apply for support from the Dance Professionals Fund 


The Dance Freelance Task Force (aka Dance FTF/DFTF) is a proactive and creative group of individuals that met during the Summer of 2020 while being on the Freelance Task Force. The group joined together to lobby, champion and highlight the issues facing freelancers in the dance and movement art sector as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and consists of freelancers based Nationally who's work spans across the UK, Europe and beyond. 

The Dance FTF produces and distributes a fortnightly newsletter, to receive the newsletter please sign up here  visit their website here

Dance Services - service for freelancers: 

Dance Services has launched! Designed to support freelancers and project based artists and companies Our one stop shop for all your dance business needs: tax returns; marketing; funding applications; mentoring; coaching; project management and more. Visit us at


Born to Exist - The woman I know
Tue 4 Oct 7.30pm at Oxford Playhouse Book here

This Hip Hop Dance Theatre Production forms Toonga’s third part of his Nationally acclaimed, Hip Hop Dance trilogy that invites change, and a sense of overcoming stigmas society holds towards ethnic minorities. Analysing representation with an intersectional focus to show untold, underrepresented, individual journeys.

Rendez-Vous Dance - What Songs May Do
Tue 4 & Wed 5 Oct at Burton Taylor Studio Book here

Revealed by Nina Simone’s songs, this highly anticipated duet by award-winning choreographer and Rendez-Vous dance artistic director Mathieu Geffré exposes with an unapologetic passion the fractured relationship of a once romantic couple as they delve into their past in an attempt to rebuild their future together. What Songs May Do… is an inclusive dance piece that celebrates love in all its diversity.

ODF Dance Scratch Night
Wed 5 Oct 7.30pm at OFS - Book here

See new works in progress by local artists Segolene Tarte, Andy Solway, Ayala Kingsley and guest regional artist Dew Dance (Liezl de Wouters). Give feedback and hear direct from the makers after each piece.

Neon Dance - Prehension Blooms
Wed 12 Oct 7pm at OVADA Gallery Book here

Neon Dance presents an interactive contemporary dance show that incorporates world-class performers, immersive sound design, music and the latest in AI robotic technology. Prehension Blooms explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness; set in a distant future and ancient past – an alien world of sand where robot creatures lurk underfoot.

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