Marc West has a surprise when what looks like the hottest disco in the city is populated by tiny tots
It was so busy a one-in one-out policy was in operation on the door. This must be the hottest ticket in town, I thought.
Once finally inside, I delved through the smoky darkness and on to the mirrorball-lit dance floor to be greeted by a most unusual sight. Had I just discovered Cowleyfornia’s newest hangout for the kool kids? Yes… if you’re five-years-old that is.
Baby Boogie at the Pegasus Theatre on Magdalen Road is a thoroughly unique opportunity for children and their parents alike to pull some shapes together and indulge their inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. While they may not be making the kind of moves to impress the judges on Strictly (just yet), they’re certainly scoring top marks for rhythm… and, most importantly, having a huge amount of fun wiggling and wobbling to the toons being spun on DJ Eldorado’s wheels of steel.
Now a regular feature of the Dancin’ Oxford festival, this hip-happy-happening had young and old bouncing off the walls (literally).
At the start of the session there’s the chance to pick up some new moves from a professional tutor before getting creative yourself and hitting the floor.
Craft activities and face painting also take place across the afternoon, so don’t be surprised to find some lil’ tigers, floating butterflies and magical wizards all getting down to an eclectic mash-up from the likes of Chic, Michael Jackson and Village People.
And, best of all for parents, when home time comes rest assured your little ones will be sufficiently worn out for you to get a fantastic night’s sleep for once.
In fact, it’s been such a runaway success, the organisers tell me they plan to roll it out every other month throughout the year, so you can look forward to plenty more opportunities to catch up on some well-needed shut eye.
Visit pegasustheatre.org.uk for all details.
The Pegasus has a rich and varied programme of events throughout 2014 – with one of the dance-orientated highlights being this very weekend. Oxford Youth Dance presents a showcase of community performances inspired by the theme of time – with dancers of all ages getting involved.
Just In Time will feature children’s theatre company Ellyfish & Things who will choreograph and direct this new production based on the mysterious and compelling theme – the science behind it and how it affects our world.
Tickets priced £7 are on sale so be sure to join them this Friday and Saturday evening from 7.30pm.