Dancin’ Oxford’s week-long festival has gone online this year and from October 10-18 viewers can immerse themselves in DJ sessions, discos, circus performers and even dance inspired by water, in partnership with IF Oxford – the science and ideas festival.  

Claire Thompson, who has run the vibrant Dancin’ Oxford festival for 14 years said: “We feel that we have curated a really interesting set of events for the whole family to join in. As a departure from charging for tickets, this year we are asking people to donate, though it is optional. We do hope people of all ages will enjoy bringing dance into their homes.” 

The fun kicks off on October 10 with Live from the DJ Shed. With DJ Euton Daley on the decks and Disco Diva Roly leading the dancing, this virtual disco will be beamed into people’s homes. Dressing up and disco lights are optional. And for those who enjoyed it there will be another session on October 17.

The topsy turvy world of Play-Along Plink and Boo, a unique circus theatre performance, from October 15-17, offers an immersive experience for 2-7 year-olds, in partnership with the North Wall. Using props made by following a pre-show video, it explores what happens when people don’t fit into boxes. The show combines watching a filmed performance while playing along with objects in the home. 

Sundays bring a chance to Wake ‘n’ Shake to start the day with some funky music and moves, and later on October 11, Cecilia Macfarlane’s Nest, a creative dance session for all ages to join will be aired.

Wild Boor TV has created Shadow Magic, a series of films especially for early years.  A film will be released daily from October 12-16. To accompany them there will be themed worksheets based on the film subjects of monsters, birds, the zoo, under the sea and buildings and homes, to inspire children and adults to make puppets. 

The Digital Playground teams up with IF – Oxford Science and Ideas Festival to bring Shake Your Bonds up and Dance Like Water, a science-based dance session inspired by water, with a chemist and a dancer, suitable for seven to 12-year-olds.

Read more about IF Oxford here:

The final event is a Family Ceilidh brought live into Oxfordshire homes or gardens by the magic of zoom. Caller Martha will be there to assist the fabulous folk band who provide the energy and the drive, and it promises to be fun for all ages.

Here is the full line up

Saturdays October 10 and 17 at 4pm – 5pm

Live from the DJ Shed

Saturday 10 – Monday October 12

Play-Along Plink and Boo

Sundays October 11 and 18 at 9am – 9.30am

Wake ‘n’ Shake

Sunday October 11 at any time

Nest – creative dance session for all ages

Monday – Friday October 12-16 at any time

Shadow Magic – Daily films and fun for early years

Saturday October 17 at 10am – 10.45am

Shake Your Bonds Up And Dance Like Water

Sunday October 18 at 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Family Ceilidh

Pre and Post Festival

Monday October 5 – Saturday October 24

Moving Together – Online Flashmob Dance Workshop

Dancin’ Oxford’s The Digital Playground family dance week runs from Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 October

Full information can be found at www.dancinoxford.co.uk

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