Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai
Penyfai is a tiny village situated above the town of Bridgend in South Wales, UK. That is where this team of traditional Welsh folk dancers, which now has world wide contacts, began in 1971.
The team has recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee and continues to go from strength to strength. There is a great demand for us to entertain audiences and hold social evenings of dance throughout Wales and beyond. Over the years Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai have travelled to and performed in numerous European countries. The founder members, Mel and Gwynfydd Evans still play a leading role in the team's activities - Mel as dance leader and Gwynfydd as Chairperson.
The dancers dress in traditional Welsh costume made from Welsh flannel. On formal occasions the women wear distinctive tall black hats, unique to Wales.
Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai are a non-competitive team but have been invited to dance at many festivals in Great Britain and Europe -, The World Folk Dance festival in Munich and Majorca, The Europead Dance Festival - Switzerland, Antwerp, The Lorient folk festival, festivals in Larvik Norway, and in Clisson and Guèmènè in France. Festival in the UK include Sidmouth, Perranporth, Pontardawe, Gwyl Ifan Cardiff, Llangadfan and many more.
The team is always accompanied by live musicians who are as dedicated as the dancers are to producing a polished and memorable performance.
In August 1998 the team was invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Dance Pavilion at the prestigious Welsh Royal National Eisteddfod at Bridgend and were greatly praised for their polished and innovative performance.
This year 1999 - the team has already represented Wales in the World Folk Dance Festival in Mallorca, Spain, and will in August be again representing our country at the Lorient Interceltic Festival , Brittany.
Folk dancing is a most enjoyable and sociable activity. We feel privileged to be part of a movement that preserves the best of our national traditions and is such fun to do.
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prepared by Dafydd Thomas, Aberystwyth
© Dawnswyr Penyfai 1999
Last Updated on 6/9/2001