Dugout, an adult community dance group.
The weekly classes are held at the Ark T Centre and last two hours. Cecilia will begin with a warm-up concentrating on getting the whole body moving and ready for the next section; this is where more formal floor exercises and set routines are learnt, and dancers are able to understand more about dance technique. The final part gives the dancers a chance to improvise, choreograph and create movement, this is usually on a theme given by Cecilia, who encourages the individual creativity of each dancer and all members of the group benefit from constructive feedback and support from each other. In this way dance is created for performance in informal settings and also for events at local theatres and other venues.
DugOut was formed in 1992 by Cecilia Macfarlane in response to requests from parents of children in Oxford Youth Dance for similar dance opportunities for themselves.
Cecilia trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is an independent dance artist with a national and international reputation for her work in the community.
In September 2002 DugOut became an independent community-led organisation, run by an elected committee of members, with Cecilia acting as the regular teacher and Artistic Director.
The committee consists of members of DugOut who in addition to running the group plan future events and projects, and maintain links with other community organisations.
Writing about DugOut dance, the members said. ‘We dance because we like to play, we like to express ourselves in new ways, we feel better for it, we enjoy being part of a supportive group”….and “ we want it to be more acceptable for middle-aged people like me to dance. There are too few places to dance!” And when asked why she keeps coming back, 84 year old Ursula replies “because I’m not yet dead.”