Fast Feet Festival! September 23rd-24th 2023


A whole weekend of fast dancing 🙂 We’ll be looking at the fundamentals of balboa and collegiate shag, some fancy footwork, cool moves, The “Shim Shag” and lots of social dancing to live music!


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2023


Saturday classes will be in the Theatre at the Old Fire Station in Central Oxford (40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ)

Saturday evening social will be in the main Sanctuary at St. Columba’s Church (Alfred St, Oxford OX1 4EH)

Sunday classes and social will be at Headington Old Hall (Dunstan Rd, Headington, Oxford OX3 9BY)

Do I need to know any shag or balboa to attend the classes?

All dancers are welcome but we’re expecting most people will have tried either balboa or collegiate shag (e.g. the Tuesday fast tracks we’ve been running this year in Oxford or some taster classes at weekenders). On Saturday we will be running 2 classes on fundamentals that are suitable for everyone, including beginners and then 2 classes for more experienced dancers. The Shim Shag and Sunday classes will be all level classes so there should be plenty of dancing for everyone. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to check anything in terms of levels/experience.

Who’s teaching?

Collegiate Shag: We’re delighted to be welcoming back Immy and Izzy from Cambridge Lindy Hoppers and Eleanor & Al from the home team in Oxford

Balboa: We’re thrilled to have Anne Wilcox, Janet Davies and Andrew Wilson who regularly teach for Oxford Balboa and across the UK and beyond.

How about the socials?

All fast dancers welcome! Our lovely bands and DJs will be playing primarily up tempo songs with a balboa/shag “feel” but lindy hoppers, charleston flappers and St. Louis shaggers are of course welcome.

Who’s playing?

On Saturday night we will have the wonderful Melody Room Jazz band playing for us at St. Columba’s Church in central Oxford and on Sunday we are thrilled to be welcoming back Jim Wynn for our tea dance at Headington Old Village Hall.

What should I bring?

Comfy clothing, dance shoes (nothing too sticky), water and may be a towel and an extra T-shirt or 3 as it can get quite sweaty ?

Do I need a partner?

No. We will ask everyone to pick a primary role (lead or follow) when booking to help us balance numbers in the classes but we will rotate partners during the class (although of course you are you can dance specifically one person if you prefer).

How do I book?