Oxford Dance Forum at OFS

Great turn out for today’s Dance forum meeting at The Old Firestation with lots of familiar as well as new faces present.   We had an update on Homebed from Claire Thompson and heard about the Spring programme from Miranda Laurence -some really useful and interesting intensives/workshops to look forward to.  We also heard more from Claire about the plans for next year’s Dancin’  Oxford festival which will be the trial of a new model.

Outside guest to the meeting was Claire Soper the new dance relationship manager from the Arts Council who filled us in on the changes happening in the restructuring brought about by the cuts.  It was good to hear her inside perspective and  reassuring that she understands a freelance existance.  The difficulties we all face in the current economic climate was never far from the surface and provoked some discussion.  We were reminded that we all need to do what we can to make the case for Arts and Culture.

However, the ’round table’ at the end revealed what a wonderful variety of  practices, projects and work all the various individuals of the dance forum are yet still managing to engage in.  The opportunity to meet up and share through the Dance Forum is a really valuable one and gives the sense that we really have a supportive dance community in and around Oxford.

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