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Welsh folk dancing

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Folk dancing was once a common past time throughout Wales in festivals during the summer time.

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Welsh folk dancing

  1. 1. Welsh Folk Dancing
  2. 2. Folk dancing was once a common past time throughout Wales in festivals during the summer time.
  3. 3. Religion Religion became very important to the Welsh people during the 1730s. Activities such as dancing, particularly mixed gender dancing involving close contact, were banned by church ministers.
  4. 4. Industrial Revolution When the Industrial Revolution happened and country people moved into the towns to find work – this had a big impact on dancing.
  5. 5. Mr Cecil Sharp Mr Cecil Sharp was the founder of the English Folk Dance Society in 1911. He realised that folk dances were about to disappear without trace so he urgently began writing down the movements of dances still remembered and passed from one generation to another.
  6. 6. Miss Lois Blake Miss Lois Blake, an Englishwoman who moved to Denbighshire in the 1930s, did the same, and almost single- handedly rescued the remaining fragments of Welsh traditional dance.
  7. 7. Welsh Folk Dance Society This was established in 1949. They hold regular workshops, lectures and courses and these are always well attended. Dance is a big part of the annual Welsh Festival called an Eisteddfod. The dance competitions continue to attract large audiences.

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