Dawnswyr Tanat was formed in May 2009. The Welsh folk dance tradition dates back a long way in this area, with historical references to dancing at Llanfyllin, Oswestry and Llangadfan, and some dances have been recorded with local names such as Clawdd Offa/ Offa’s Dyke and Gwylnos Croesoswallt/ Oswestry Wake.
We meet every Monday evening in the back room of the Old New Inn, Llanfyllin to learn and practice Welsh folk dances and clogging routines and the tunes they are danced to. Our group consists of dancers, musicians and those who both dance and play.
Those who attend (aged 11 to 90) contribute £1 (50p for a child) towards the hire of the venue, and new members are always welcome.
We are a Welsh speaking organisation which welcomes learners of all abilities, encouraging them to immerse themselves in our culture. We aim to keep the dances and tunes alive and are particularly interested in local dances and the stories behind how they have survived/been passed down.
We have been dance champions at Eisteddfod Powys on two occasions, and came third in the Folk Dance competition at Gŵyl Cerdd Dant Conwy 2012. We host a number of evenings and twmpathau for local groups and societies and are available to perform at festivals.
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