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Group

Cwmni Dawns Werin Caerdydd (Cardiff Welsh Folk Dance Group)

Country

Group founded in

1969

Members in the group

60

Type of folklore

Dance

Music

Song

Performance style

The offical folk dance team of the City of Cardiff and one of Wales'premier dance teams. Our repertoire includes dances from all over Wales, traditional music and folk customs

Performance experience

Cwmni Dawns Werin Caerdydd has been demonstrating and developing the culture of our native land for over thirty-five years. Since 1968, the team has been entertaining and educating people in Welsh music and dance, organising festivals and acting as ambassadors for Wales and Welsh culture. Over the years, the company has travelled far and wide, to the USA, Japan, Russia and most of countries of the EU. We have travelled with civic dignitaries, representing Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales and the United Kingdom as well as to festivals and on exchange visits with other countries. Last year we danced at festivals in Leuven, Belgium and in Asturias in Northern Spain. This year we are in Cork and starting to make plans for our 40th anniversary in 2008! The team prides itself on showing a living, varied and developing tradition, which we are handing on to our children – many of whom are now full members of the company having returned to us after an interval in college and have brought new members along with them. As well as folk dancing, we have revived a number of old Welsh customs, such as the “Mari Lwyd” horse’s head tradition, a mummer’s play from the Vale of Glamorgan, Hunting the Wren from Pembrokeshire – and the annual midsummer festival of folk dancing, Guyl Ifan. This is largest festival of its kind, attracting hundreds of dancers to Cardiff from all over Wales and beyond, to raise the Summer Pole outside City Hall. The company has danced for many celebrities and in many prestigious settings. Some years ago the team danced for the Crown Prince of Japan at a festival for Japanese families sponsored by Sony. We were the first Welsh team to dance in the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s annual festival in the Albert Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Nearer home, we have danced in the old “Arms Park” and performed at the Millennium Stadium, the entrance of the Wales Millennium Centre, St David’s Hall and Cardiff International Arena. As well as performing in conferences and entertaining businesses with displays which vary from 10 minutes to two hours, the company has been successful in national competitions on many occasions. Over the years the company has won the first prize in the National Eisteddfod of Wales on six occasions, twice in the National Urdd (Welsh League of Youth) Eisteddfod, and twice in the Guyl Cerdd Dant (a festival of traditional Welsh singing and dancing). In the 2002 and 2004 the company won the main competition for dancers under 25 in the National Eisteddfod.

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Contact address




Contact name(s) and position(s) in the group

Nia Potter

Telephone

Fax

E-mail

nia.gwyneth@ntlworld.com

Web-site

Cwmni Dawns Werin Caerdydd (Cardiff Welsh Folk Dance Group)

 

 

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