Celebrating the life of Betty Davies

by Dawnsio

2023 has brought sad news to the Welsh Folk Dance Society.  One of our oldest and most faithful life members, known to most of us as “Betty” has passed away. In the photograph she is seen adjudicating the dance competitions at the Aberystwyth Eisteddfod with John Idris Jones and the late Geoff Jenkins. (This information

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Urdd 2023 Folk Dances

by Dawnsio

It’s the beginning of a new year and with it comes eisteddfod season for many schools and Urdd clubs in Wales. If you’re thinking about teaching a folk dancing group to compete in this year’s National Urdd Eisteddfod well, the Welsh Folk Dance Society is here to help! Once again, a YouTube channel has been set up

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Fond memories of Rhiannon

by Dawnsio

Rhiannon Jenkins (1946 -2022) Rhiannon was born and raised in Mold. After going to university in Bangor studying music under the leadership of William Mathias, and short periods living in Cefn Meiriadog and Rhydymwyn, she returned to live in Mold. Dawnswyr Delyn was founded in 1987 by Geoff Jenkins and by his side our accompanist

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Grant to support and develop

by Dawnsio

The Welsh Folk Dance Society are keen to support all traditional folk dance groups and help ensure our traditions continue to thrive. One means of doing so is by offering a support and development grant. Further details and guidance are available below. If the details apply to your team please e-mail secretary@dawnsio.cymru to obtain the

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Gŵyl Tredegar House Folk Festival

by Dawnsio

Tredegar House Folk Festival is almost here! The weekend of May 6-8th will be full to the brim of folk festivities with plenty of folk dancing groups included on the line-up.  Alongside international groups from Latvia and Bulgaria there will be a variety of other dance styles to be seen, and amongst them are Welsh

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Gŵyl Ifan

by Dawnsio

The intention is, if the rules allow, to hold the Gŵyl Ifan festival on Saturday, June 25 in 2022. So, keep the date, so we may meet once again to dance under the Summer Pole (and the sun?!).

Calling all dancers… please share your opinion

by Dawnsio

Dear fellow-dancer, Menter Iaith Maldwyn, the National Eisteddfod and other partners are presenting an application to the Arts Council of Wales for a project to promote Traditional Dance in Wales. We need your help. There are two questionnaires below – one for dance groups and one for individuals who dance. We need to collect evidence

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Eisteddfod “AmGen” National Eisteddfod

by Dawnsio

We may not be able to visit any eisteddfod field this summer again, but the virtual national eisteddfod – “AmGen” is here to entertain us. The full timetable is available below (Welsh medium) and a synopsis of the traditional dance activities and competitions. Enjoy! 1-8-2021 @12:20 Tudur Phillips performing with Gwilym Bowen Rhys and Irfan Rais

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