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Can you dance your socks off ? Dance all day – dance all night? Now’s your chance! One hour or twenty four!  Join us in raising funds by dancing ballroom, disco, family boogie, contemporary to great tunes for great fun!

Fundraiser for the Ark T on 3rd/4th March in the form of a 24 hour dance-a-thon held at the Ark T.

TIMES – 1pm Friday 3rd March – 1pm Friday 4th March

1pm Friday 3rd March. Starting with a toddler boogie, Danielle and the Little Music School will lead babies, toddlers, mums, carers dads and anyone else in the family in some fun songs and dances – creep like a worm, fly like an eagle, jump like a frog this all counts as dance and kicks off the event

4pm Tea Dance with all sorts of old fashioned charm and music to match led by our partners Camerados, expect waltzes, jives, swing and lots else besides … you choose the tune and the moves – expect good lively company and some help with all the dances.

7pm Live band Papa Nui – Dave Noble leads this funky, cool, swing outfit in a good long 2 hour set – this is the perfect dance music for grooving – you might have seen them at Flo Fest or the Victoria Arms or the Bullingdon last year … a privilege to have them at Ark T

 Also featuring a Fleksi electronic/ live set at some point

9pm DJ Despicable Zee takes the decks for some zingers

11pm DJ Pops who you will recognise as one of Oxford’s coolest music maestros takes control

1am Underground Sound Man Bill will play out to the early hours

 ALSO expect middle of the night dance films, a break of dawn yoga/ 5 rhythms gentle rise and shine, an early morning shake and groove.

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 9am Saturday morning Oxford Youth Dance takeover with young people and guests.

12 noon Templar’s Square Dance together with dancers from Parasol and the Uthers led by Rachel Gildea reaching the parts and encouraging some morning moving

12.30 Finale at Ark T with Cecilia MacFarlane, DugOut and OYD celebrating the last half hour to see who’s still standing !

HOW IT WORKS: Ark T is raising some much needed funds to pay for a dance studio refurb – the floor is old and has seen so many feet across it now dancers deserve a bit more – and it’s not that warm either so the heaters need an upgrade too.  If this sounds dull it isn’t – Ark T supports community dance in all ways and especially through the partnership with Oxford Youth Dance, led by Ark T artist in residence Cecilia MacFarlane. Everyone can dance is her ethos, and as an inclusive creative charity, we believe everyone deserves the chance to participate and we understand what is needed to make that happen.  So paying for the floor is actually making it possible for us to keep helping those in need to be part of Ark T, benefit from our creativity and be part of something special in the community.  There’s nothing like us in Cowley!

One hour of dance costs £5 on the door, for more time, donate more – so Papa Nui is a tenner suggested donation OR click to donate here if you can’t get along to the event but want to support

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We are grateful to all the musicians helping with this event, to Euton Daley and Claire Thompson and Dancin’ Oxford.

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