Friday, 23 June 2017

Next BALBOA SLOWER Workshop - Last chance to book!

Sunday 23 July 2017
11.45 am - 5.30 pm
North Oxford Assoc Community Centre, 
Diamond Place,  Summertown OX2 7DP

All welcome!
£25 per person (in advance only)

Have you ever wanted to dance to slower swing music but don't really know whether to do Lindy or Blues?   Or maybe you'd like an easy introduction to Balboa using the same 8-count rhythm as Lindy?  

Join us on Sun 23 July to learn a beautiful, rhythmic & smooth version of Balboa, as danced by old timer, Dean Raftery and currently taught by Mickey Fortansce & Kelly Arsenault.  Here's a clip of them dancing to give you a flavour of what to expect...  

Please book with a partner if at all possible (Follows ... leads just need a little nudge!)
Contact us at or at OSD classes.
Payment in advance only - payable by cash, cheque or online.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


On this page you'll find the latest Term and Course dates.  

For class times, venues and full details on all OSD classes go to Classes page. 

LINDY COURSE DATES July - Sept 2017 
Beginners/Improvers courses start on:  
Weds 21 June, Weds 13 Sept
These courses consist of 3 x four-week blocks.  You're welcome to join in at the beginning of any course or part way through if you're willing to give it a go!  Each block is different so you can add to your dance skills every week.

End of LINDY term - Weds 12 July
End of BALBOA term - Mon 10 July
Next LINDY term starts - Weds 13 Sept
Next BALBOA term starts - Mon 11 Sept (TBC)

LINDY SUMMER SCHOOL - July & August 2017
This year we're filling the summer weeks with our first ever Lindy Summer School at St Michael's Church Hall !!  
See separate post for details.

PRIVATE CLASSES (for ALL levels, singles &/or couples - limit of 4 per session)
Contact us for details at 
Current prices : £20 per person per hour (special reduced price of £15 ppph for regular OSD class members)
One-off Sunday sessions available every couple of weeks or so - contact us for dates and details 
Dates for Sept - Dec 2017 available soon.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

STEPS Code of Conduct

Oxford Swing Dance is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability, dance background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristic or trait.  We do not tolerate harassment in any form.  Individuals violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the organisers.

STEPS Code of Conduct
(modified from

STEPS Code – Safety, Trust, Engagement, Prevention, Support
(Safety in Swing Dance and the ‘STEPS’ code take strides to be there for anyone in need!)
We believe that the swing dance world is already welcoming, supportive (and fantastic!) and that instances of inappropriate behaviour are rare. Our Code of Conduct is designed to acknowledge that we all have a responsibility to build safety into events, and to contribute to the well being of the whole community.  We love to dance, and we want you to love it too.

Guidelines for Being Good People
The following good people guidelines apply to EVERYONE attending a STEPS Code event, including members of staff, volunteers and visiting teachers:

1.  We will be NICE to everyone and treat all people with respect.  We will not harass anyone.  We will not discriminate according to sex, gender expression nor sexual orientation, nor race religion, nor nationality.  We will treat everyone equally, regardless of age, ability, physical appearance, lifestyle, dance experience or dance role.

2.  We will be INCLUSIVE and invite others to dance, and we will be gracious if turned down.  We will ask people of all levels to dance because we can all learn from each other and thereby improve the overall standard of dance in our community.  We may say no when asked to dance, but we will be polite when doing so and if we promise to dance later on, we will honour that promise.

3.   We will be RESPONSIBLE for our own physical safety and that of others nearby.  We will practice safe floor-craft and say sorry if we accidentally bump another person.  We will not offer advice or instruction unless asked to do so, nor perform aerials on the social floor. If we consume alcohol we will do so responsibly, and if we are drunk enough to pose a risk to ourselves or others, we will leave the dance floor and retire to the bar.

4.   We will take CARE of our own personal hygiene, and bring towels, spare clothing and extra deodorant if necessary.  We will be considerate when choosing our clothing, footwear, and accessories and will not wear anything that is potentially hazardous to ourselves or to others.

5.   We will be RESPECTFUL and acknowledge that the personal boundaries of others may not be the same as our own. We will be mindful of the appropriateness of language or comments that some may find offensive.  We will not touch anyone inappropriately and we will apologise immediately if we touch a person in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.  We will be aware that someone’s perception of what may be offensive could be different to our own.

6.  We UNDERSTAND that following the above guidelines ensures a better experience for everyone and that participating in any kind of verbal, physical or sexual abuse will have consequences.  This may include, but is not limited to, being asked to leave without refund and exclusion from future events.

7.  We, the organisers, PROMISE to treat any reports made, from dancers in our home scenes or elsewhere, with sensitivity and to keep all details as confidential as is possible.

Thankfully any such infringements are extremely rare and that by adhering to the above principles we endeavour to ensure a safer, friendly and enjoyable experience for all.  We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed intimidating or inappropriate behaviour to tell an organiser.  

At Oxford Swing Dance your suggested points of contact (Safety People) are:  Pam (Mon & Wed),   Jacqui (Mon only),  Tamsin (Wed only). 

If you prefer to talk in person, or would prefer to speak to another member of staff, you are welcome to do so at any time.

Safety People are available for discussion and reassurance, not just formal reports - please do tell us about your concerns, even small ones - we're here for you!