This Autumn Dancin’ Oxford is celebrating all things ‘family’ with the return of its popular Family Dance Week. Between 6th – 14th October Dancin’ Oxford will be offering some fantastic opportunities for families (including every generation!) to enjoy dancing together. From exciting performances in theatres and libraries, to family disco events and even a ceilidh, there will be guaranteed fun for the whole family!  Here is a list of upcoming performances by Wriggle Dance Theatre, Dancing Strong, 201 Dance and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, but you can find the full programme including all participatory activities here


Wriggle Dance Theatre: Into the Rainbow

Have a peek inside Wriggle Dance Company‘s wonderful rainbow – what is there to see? Meet a playful fish in blue, feel cheeky in orange, create chaos in red and help bring a bit of yellow into one character’s life so he can live happily ever after. Into the Rainbow is a light-hearted look at the colourful characteristics that exist within us all.  This compelling show is suitable for children aged 2 years plus.  Expect dance, live music and to join in with this enchanting experience which will delight little ones and grown-ups.

Performance: October 6th 10.30am & 2pm, Workshops at 12.30pm, and October 10, 2018
10.30am & 2pm, Workshops at 12.30pm.

Venue:  Bicester Library, Franklins House, Wesley Lane, Bicester OX26 6JU

October 9th  11.00am & 1.00pm

Venue:  Oxford Central Library, Westgate Centre, Oxford OX1

£5 performance, £3 workshop, £1 off for Festival Pass Holders


Dancing Strong: Found

Join two dancers and a musician, as they find themselves cast adrift on their own islands.  Connecting with each other across the divide, they embark on a journey through enchanted lands, where sound waves ripple through bodies and the lines that connect us become visible.  Made for young audiences with enquiring minds (ages 4-7 years), Found looks at what connects us to each other and to what surrounds us.  It takes its inspiration from museum artefacts and the children’s responses to them.

 “The performance was a delight and the music was wonderful…” Audience Member

“the children were so is great to see high quality arts experiences for children…” Audience Member

Performance:  October 6, 2018  11am, 2pm

Venue:  Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Rd, Oxford

£9, £6 – £1 off for Festival Pass Holders.  Book online here


201 Dance : Skin

This is not my body. This is not my body. This is not my body…

After the sell-out international tour of Smother, 201’s award-winning hip-hop theatre returns with SKIN: a boy’s intimate journey of gender transition to discover a body that feels like home.  Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast-paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging, suitable for audiences aged 10 years and up.

★★★★★  “201 have created a masterpiece of human sensitivity”  EdFringe Review

★★★★★ “Thrilling…Thought provoking”  The Wee Review

★★★★★ “Beautiful…Uplifting”  Voice Mag UK

★★★★ “Packs an emotional punch, steering Hip Hop into fresh territory”  The Times

Performance:  October 11, 7.30pm

Venue:  The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury, OX16 5QE

Tickets:  Mill members, £13, £15 £1 off for Festival Pass Holders.  Book online here


Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes

It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth… Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe, revealing the drama of the burning ball of plasma that illuminates our planet and exploring our relationship with the star that gives us life.  In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning imagery of solar research.  With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electro acoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.

Suitable for audiences of 8 years and upwards, this is part of the new Oxford Science and Ideas Festival for everyone.

‘Solar powered beauty’  Evening Standard

‘Poetic and playful…Dancers and scientists make a stunning cosmic voyage’ Guardian

‘Seven exceptional dances…quite simply, neautiful to watch.’  Daily Express

Performance:  Saturday 13th October 3.00pm & 7.30pm

Venue:  Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW

Tickets:  £10-£20, £1 off for Festival Pass Holders.  Book online here