Tuesday, 13 March 2018

OXFORD Slow Balboa Celebration - BOOKINGS UPDATE!

Join us for the UK's first Slow Balboa weekend with

Mickey Fortanasce (USA) & 
Vanessa Granjon (France)

5th & 6th May 2018
Old Headington Village Hall

UPDATE :  Due to limited availability, you'll need to hurry to grab the last few places.  We regret we're unable to accept any more single follows - but there are currently spaces available for couples or single leads.

A smooth and rhythmic version of Balboa, Slow Balboa was originally danced by Dean and Nancy Raftery and complements both Lindy and Balboa in the Swing dance genre.  Two days of Improver/Intermediate level workshops with evening dance and Sunday Tea Dance - for the bargain price of £125.

The aim of the weekend is to progress past the basic figures usually taught at taster sessions.  Therefore the minimum requirement for booking is that you are able to dance the Slow Bal 8 count basic.  

If you would like a crash course in the basic, we'll be teaching Slow Bal at some of our regular Monday evening Balboa classes in March and April.  
Please keep checking here and Facebook for dates and more info.  

If you already know the basic and would like to get some practice in before the May weekend, we'll be adding one hour practice sessions from 1pm-2pm to Last Stop Balboa on 11 March and 15 April.  Cost £5, to include entry to Last Stop Balboa.  
Please keep checking here or Facebook for updates.

BOOKINGS OPEN : 12pm on Monday 5 March

BOOKING REQUIREMENTS :  Please book with a partner if at all possible.  Single applicants will be placed on a waiting list until a partner becomes available (NOW CLOSED TO SINGLE FOLLOWS, SINGLE LEADS & COUPLES WELCOME!).  Payment will be required in advance.

More details coming soon so WATCH THIS SPACE ...!

Friday, 9 March 2018




Term Starts - Mon 9 April
Beginners' Course Starts - Mon 9 April
Class Times
Fundamentals  :  7.30pm     Practice :  8.30pm
Variations  : 9.00pm    Practice :  10.00pm


Term Starts - Weds 11 April
Basics courses start -  Weds 11 April,  Weds 9 May,  Weds 6 June
Class Times
Warm up : 7.45pm   Basics : 8pm,  Jazz Steps : 9pm
Intermediates : 8.15pm,   Variations : 9pm

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Last Stop Balboa - this Sunday!

Sunday 11 March 2018
2pm - 6pm

Come and join us for a relaxed afternoon's Balboa or just come and chat and see what it's all about.  All levels welcome - whether you've done one or 50 classes (or none!)  A great opportunity to practise in a relaxed and friendly environment.  


Upstairs at The Jericho Tavern  
56 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE
(see directions below)
All day food & bar downstairs
Contribution to cost of venue:  £5

Next month's Last Stop...
Sun 15 April 2018

Getting to The Jericho Tavern ...
Free parking in side roads between Woodstock Rd & Banbury Rd (10 mins walk) 
A few spaces for non-residents in Cranham St, Great Clarendon St, Walton St, Worcester Pl, Wellington St, Albert St and Observatory Rd.  
Bus and Rail Stations are 10 mins' walk away.
Pear Tree Park & Ride off A34/A44 (10-15 mins bus ride)


1pm - 3pm, Sunday 8 April 2018
St Margarets Institute, Polstead Road, Oxford OX2 6TN

Suitable for anyone wanting to work on their Basic skills technique in more depth as well as those dancers wanting to make the transition to Intermediate level.  Two hours of workshops followed by a Tea Dance (see separate post for details) - an opportunity to practise your new and improved skills!

Prices  :  £12 for Workshop only 
                £6 for Tea Dance only  
                £15 for Workshop and Tea Dance


1)  Find a partner.  Single applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a partner becomes available - unless they find one themselves in the meantime!  Don't despair, this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be unable to attend the workshop, it just might take a little longer to confirm your place as we'd like to balance numbers as much as possible.

2)  Contact any of the OSD Teaching Team at the Weds classes with your name and email address OR email us at oxfordswingdance@gmail.com or via Facebook 

3)  Secure your place with payment in advance.  If booking with a partner, both partners must have completed payment before their places can be confirmed.  Payment can be made by cash or cheque at Weds classes or online (please email us for details).

TEA DANCE - Sunday 8 April


Join us as we Swing into Spring with our first Tea Dance of the year 

3pm-6pm, Sunday 8 April 2018  
St Margaret's Institute, 30 Polstead Road, 
Oxford OX2 6TN

£6 on the door, or book in advance with Oxford Swing Dance (Book in conjunction with the Improver Workshop and get a discount!  See separate post).