Mari Lwyd 2021

by Dawnsio

Wales has a plethora of traditions linked to the Christmas season and the New Year: from visiting church for the Plygain, collecting Calennig and of course the antics of Mari Lwyd and her followers. Further details on some of these traditions can be found here: https://www.wales.com/about/culture/welsh-christmas-traditions In the meantime, we wish you all a Happy New Year

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Composing a Dance – Competition Results

by Dawnsio

The composing a dance competition results are in! Thank you to all who competed and of course to Bethanne and Idwal Williams for adjudicating. Congratulations to Alison Allen the winner, and all the runners up. You can read the full adjudication below and we look forward to being able to give the dances a go

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Risk Assessment (Covid-19) for Dance Teams

by Dawnsio

November 2020 To support traditional dancing teams who are considering re-commencing their dancing, the Welsh Folk Dance Society have prepared an exemplar risk assessment. This risk assessment reflects the current position in Wales regarding meeting indoors for organised activities. If you wish to recommence any indoor dancing at present you must prepare your own local

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Teyrnged i Mike Hughes Tribute

by Dawnsio

It is with sadness that we learnt of the death of Mike Hughes, at his home in Greece, on Friday, 6th November, 2020. Mike died peacefully in his sleep with his second wife Trish at his side. He had been ill for some time. Mike Hughes was a native of Colwyn Bay in North Wales.

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Cystadleuaeth – Competition!

by Dawnsio

Some dance teams are beginning to meet up ‘from a distance’ but it’s difficult to know what to dance. Could you help out by composing or adapting a Welsh folk dance that will enable us to keep dancing and keep safe??? There are also generous prizes! Closing date 31-10-2020 (further details below) In association with

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Hwyl yr Haf / Summer Fun

by Dawnsio

Despite the lockdown restrictions, Wales’ folk dancers have kept busy. The latest project is publishing a video of dancers and musicians from across Wales performing Ffaniglen – also known as Pat-a-Cake Polka. It is one of the most popular dances and the video, edited by Sion Gwilym,  includes instructions to enable everyone else to join

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Remembering Alice E. Williams

by Dawnsio

On Monday, 3rd August, we heard the sad news of Alice E. Williams’ death. She was one of our first members and one who did so much to promote Welsh traditional dancing. ALICE EILEEN WILLIAMS was born in Bryn Madog, Brynrefail in 1925 as the second daughter of Elizabeth (formerly Robinson) and David Williams (Y

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Remembering Marion Owen

by Dawnsio

A Tribute to our Past President (2015-2018) Marion Owen, who preferred to be known officially as Mrs Bryn Owen. Sadly Marion “to her friends” passed away quietly on the 10th February 2020 following a short illness triggered by a fall at home, thus breaking her wrist and arm.  She was admitted to Shrewsbury hospital, but being

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An outline of the Society’s news…

by Dawnsio

Here’s a taste of some Welsh folk dance activities over the past few months… Llanelli Cerdd Dant Festival 2019: November 9th, 2019— the stage coverage for the dance competitions was excellent as the complete performance of each group was shown to allow TV viewers to decide for themselves where they placed each team! The dance

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