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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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Dawns 2020 – call for articles

by Dawnsio

Dear member / s, It’s a difficult time for us all but the Welsh Folk Dance Society is keen to help us as members stay connected. We plan to publish the 2020 edition of ‘Dawns’ (although it may be a little later than usual). So how about it …? Share your stories with us! Have

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WFDS Grant Reminder!

by Dawnsio

  For the second year running, the Welsh Folk Dance Society are promoting our dance traditions with a grant of up to £500! Please contact secretary@dawnsio.cymru for further details or click here for a application form.

Urdd 2020 Folk Dances

by Dawnsio

Spring is nearing 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 to showcase

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