Oxford International folk dance group
Traditional dances from Europe and beyond...
Welcome to the Oxford International Folk Dance Group. We are a small, informal group who love the folk dances of Europe (from Brittany to the Balkans) and beyond to Israel, Turkey and the former USSR. We also throw in a few dances from the Americas, the Far East and even occasionally from the South Pacific. Many of them are danced holding hands in a circle or line, everyone doing the same steps, with no partner required. Those dances that do require a partner (e.g. those from Western Europe) often involve changing partners during the dance, so no-one needs to be left out.
You are welcome to join us, whether you are a complete beginner or very experienced. We encourage newcomers to arrive at the beginning of the session so that we can ensure that the programme is suitable for you - we aim to teach dances more thoroughly during the first part of the evening gradually reducing it to enable the regulars to have something a little more challenging. We suggest the you bring soft shoes. Read more about the group
Although we prefer you to join us at our weekly evenings, we are also prepared to run a beginners' taster session at a location and time of your choosing within Oxford, subject to our availability. Such sessions would be suitable for 10-20 people. Please note that we do not have CRB certificates, so we can only teach adults.
We meet: St. Giles Church Hall, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford.
Every Wednesday 8.15-10pm throughout the year (except most of August)
Please make sure you go to the Woodstock Road entrance. If in doubt, check Google Street View Google map
From May 2016, the porch has large iron gates. These should be open, if ajar, while we are there.
Cost (from 1 Feb 2017) is £4 per session or £45 for twelve.
Due to Covid-19, all indoor sessions are cancelled until September
Outdoor dancing (distanced) in Botley Park (OX2 0BT) on Wednesdays at 7.30 when the weather is reasonable (£2). If the weather is inclement, we will revert to Zoom (contact us for details)We may have the occassional weekend dance in Botley Park.
We intend to return to the hall on 7 September but may still run the occassional outdoor dance at a weekend during the autumn.
There are also various on-line festivals that may interest you.
If you need more information that you cannot find on these pages, feel free to contact us:
Phone: 0845 4582893 (Diana) or 01865 862059 (Colin)