Town Folk Dancing in the Country


24th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium

The 24th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium will take place in New College on 19th & 20th April 2022. 


Keynote Speaker: Margaret McGowan

‘Dancing Town and Country Characters in 17th-century French Court Ballet’


Organised by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp.


Call for Papers: Dancing in Town and Country


The Oxford Dance Symposia focus on the technique, practice and philosophy of dance during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and we always welcome papers on any aspect of dance during this period. 

Each year, however, we have a light touch theme to which participants are invited to respond if they wish. The theme for 2022 will be ‘Dancing in Town and Country’ a theme to be interpreted as broadly as possible, but within the date range of the symposium. Topics might include theatrical performances communal dancing, private lessons, the physiology of dance, and ball room dancing.

Those wishing to submit abstracts (200 words) and a biography (150 words) should do so to by 15th December 2021.

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