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Ysgol Haf / Welsh Summer School
I have gone up a level this year and the teacher is scary compared to dear old Gwyn whose class I've been in for the past several intensive courses. However, Rhiain is scary in a good way and really makes us work hard. Yesterday, in the morning we read out our homework, which was to write the last line of a limerick. Then after a Filling InThe Gaps exercise, Bethan Gwanas, a local author came and did a creative writing session with us and got us to write a poem.

In the afternoon, after more reading and conversing, we sang a couple of songs and did some dawnsio gwerin (folk dancing). It was fun and a nice change from the hard work we'd been doing in the morning. Here's one of the songs "Lawr ar lan y mor".

In case anyone is interested in seeing how Welsh folk dancing differs from the Scottish or Irish, here are some Youtube links.

Dawnsio Gwerin Eisteddfod Wrecsam 2011 (fast forward to 40 seconds in for the start of the actual dance.)

Some children dancing at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen

Welsh children dancing in Poland.

And an example of solo clog dancing.
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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: June 29th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That does sound like nice way to learn - a mix of intense study, music and dance...

I haven't done folk dancing since I was at primary school, apart from the occasional barn dance. Seeing those videos, I think it might be fun to try it again some day.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 2nd, 2016 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish there was a local group for folk dancing for adults, but there isn't one, at least not that I know of.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 30th, 2016 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on moving up!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 2nd, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Sometimes I do feel that I'm almost there with proper conversational fluency, then I move to another topic of conversation and run out of vocabulary!
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