TWO dancing grannies took over the streets of Oxford as the city’s main annual dance festival got into full swing.

Dancin’ Oxford’s launch saw professional and community groups perform in the city.

Among those drawing in the crowds was ‘Granny Turismo’, who stunned crowds with their unique trolley dance display in Broad Street and then again in Bonn Square on Saturday afternoon.

Mary Barker and Betty Higgins put on an impressive display to a pop medley that included Single Ladies by Beyonce, Gangnam Style by Psy and Don’t Cha by the Pussycat Dolls.

Ms Barker said: “Oxford is lovely, it was a tad damp but the people have such warm hearts.”

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Local dance groups Body Politic and Flaw R’tists also performed.

The festival officially began on Friday with a show at the Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Road, East Oxford.

Cecilia Macfarlane, Melissa Holding, Hilary Kneale, Justice in Motion, Marina Collard and Allan Hutson & Nicola Moses-Thrower were among those putting on a show.

Claire Thompson, director of Dancin’ Oxford, said: “It’s started really well.

“What’s brilliant is it engages people with all sorts of different types of dance.”

The festival runs until next Monday and features shows and workshops at a number of venues, including the Pegasus Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse in Beaumont Street and the Old Fire Station in George Street.

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