Ceffyl Gwyn Welsh Dancers


The Welsh display team performed at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter.
Here are two of their dances.










  We also hold Welsh dancing classes once a month on Sunday afternoons 2pm - 4.30pm. 


For 2017, those dates are

 
  19th February
19th March
*16th April (Easter, to be confirmed)
21st May
  18th June
  16th July
  20th August
  17th September
  15th October
 

End of Year Social
19th November

 


Venue: Christ Church Hall,
1 The Avenue, Surrey Hills. (Melway Ref: 46 H11)

  Admission by donation $7.00
  (members $5.00)

  Enquiries:
  For information on forthcoming sessions,
please ring Ian on   
9878 2414

 

Ceffyl Gwyn Welsh Dancers
Demonstration Team

Our team of experienced dancers meets regularly to rehearse for forthcoming events.  We call ourselves the Ceffyl Gwyn Welsh Dancers. Ceffyl Gwyn (pronounced keffil gwinn) means White Horse in Welsh), the name being chosen to reflect our home base in the City of Whitehorse in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Our English name is the Whitehorse Welsh Dancers.

The group was formed in 2007 and currently comprises 20 dancers, most of whom are also proficient in a variety of other dance traditions including Scottish Country Dancing, English Country Dancing, Irish Set Dancing and Australian Colonial Dancing, all of which dance forms are related to Welsh Folk and Country Dancing.

Public appearances since our formation in 2007 include:

·        National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, 9-10 June 2007

·        Cambrian Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria,
            2 August 2007

·        Victorian Welsh Male Choir St David’s Day Concert, Clayton,             Victoria, 1 March 2008

·        Ringwood Highland Games Gala Dinner, Ringwood, Victoria,                 14 March 2008

·        National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, 7-8 June 2008

·        National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT, 11-13 April 2009

·        Cambrian Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, 4 June 2009

·        National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, 6-7 June 2009

·        National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria,
           12-13 June 2010

·        Melbourne Welsh Male Choir St David’s Day Concert,                         Ringwood, Victoria, 6 March 2011

·        National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT, 22-25 April 2011

·        National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria,
            11-12 June 2011

        ·        Australia day Celtic Ceilidh, Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne,
                    26  January 2012       

·        National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT, 6-9 April 2012

National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria,

            10-11 June 2012

       

In addition, our group has put on displays at several Scottish Country Dance socials, held workshops in Welsh Dancing for the Traditional and Social Dance Association of Victoria, the Melbourne Colonial Dancers and Borderline Kaylee, as well as introduced some of the more interesting early Welsh country dances to the Well Hall English Country Dancers. Welsh dances are now also regularly included in the Melbourne Colonial Dancers teaching program.


Information on Welsh Folk Dancing

 Welsh Folk Dancing is a generic term covering any form of traditional dancing that is associated with Wales. This includes:

·     Country Dances from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which         have strong affinities with English and Scottish Country Dances      of the same period

·     19th century South Wales fair dances, some of which have             affinities with Morris Dancing

·      Solo clog dances (the only authentically Welsh style of dance          that has survived unbroken through the ages)

·       Modern barn dances (‘dawnsiau twmpath’ in Welsh), and

·       Modern country and fair dances based on traditional patterns           and figures.

 The Welsh National Folk Dance Society was formed in Wales in 1949. Its mission is to revive the traditional dances of Wales and to promote public awareness of this aspect of Welsh culture. For information on dancing in Wales and the various publications (books, CDs, DVDs and other resources) that have been produced over the years, visit http://dawnsio.com/en/