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  • Welsh Clog Dance

    This was all new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I also looked up the recipe for ¨Welsh cakes¨. Will be trying it.) I am still working on this link.......I finally made it work. The youtube mark that looks like l, can be I, l, or 1. I finally guessed right.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGRn1XDYIVc&t=391s

    I was surprised around 13:00 that girls also did some of those athletic moves. I was a Ukrainian dancer and females did not do those moves though women did have some spectacular solos. My solo was turning many turns on one leg, one after the other in the Hopak. I was surprised to see the athletic activity in Welsh dance but I think this is the first time I have seen Welsh dance.
    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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    The origins of female clog dancing lie in the usual queues for the ladies' loo.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
      The origins of female clog dancing lie in the usual queues for the ladies' loo.
      Hilarious, as usual!
      The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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      • #4
        There’s lovely.

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        • #5
          My nephews' clog-dancing group represented Wales, winning the Junior World Folk Dance Championships in 2009 and 2011. I couldn't find a clip with my nephews in it, but here's one of their group entertaining the tourists at Palma, Mallorca in 2011:

          https://youtu.be/bt_3pSZrUME?t=546
          Kind regards, Sam Flynn

          "Suche Nullen"
          (F. Nietzsche)

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          • #6
            Oh no, that circular thing. I had to do various folk dances at infants school, and on one occasion I took a wrong turning and found myself as the only kid inside the circle when there should have been no one there. They were all dancing around me and the buggers wouldn't let me come out.

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            • #7
              The only time I was ever punished at school was at a folk dancing class when, after a do-si-do, I cried out “Yee-ha!” In a quasi-cowboy voice. The teacher, an older cousin of mine as it happens, ticked me off for not taking things seriously and made me stand in the corridor for the rest of the class. I must have been such a problem pupil
              Kind regards, Sam Flynn

              "Suche Nullen"
              (F. Nietzsche)

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              • #8
                How was often forced to stand in a corner, and to this day his head is triangular.

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                • #9
                  "We're Gareth's nephews - you know, the Yee-ha man."

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                  • #10
                    We had alternate Country Dancing and Music and Movement sessions at Infants School.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                      How was often forced to stand in a corner, and to this day his head is triangular.
                      Reminds me of an old Welsh miners' joke:

                      Dai and his son are having a drink in the pub when in walks a man with a very flat head and enormous cauliflower ears, whereupon the son dissolves into a fit of the giggles.

                      "Don't laugh," said Dai, "That's Will Jenkins, a true hero"

                      "Ow's that, dad?"

                      "One day down the mine, it started to collapse, and Will there held the roof up with his head while everyone escaped. That's why his head's so flat."

                      "Oh, I see. But what about the cauliflower ears?"

                      "He got those when his workmates hammered him into position."
                      Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                      "Suche Nullen"
                      (F. Nietzsche)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
                        My nephews' clog-dancing group represented Wales, winning the Junior World Folk Dance Championships in 2009 and 2011. I couldn't find a clip with my nephews in it, but here's one of their group entertaining the tourists at Palma, Mallorca in 2011:

                        https://youtu.be/bt_3pSZrUME?t=546
                        That is great! I had never heard of Welsh clog dancing before yesterday.

                        There is a kind of clog dancing in the Appalachian area of the U.S. That area was settled by Scots, Irish and probably Welsh. I once suggested the dance style was Celtic in origin and an expert told me I was all wrong, the American clog dance is totally American. I think I was right to begin with.

                        I have performed some Irish Celtic dance but am almost ashamed to admit it since it was a choreographed effort which did not have all the intricacies of actual Celtic dance which I now study on youtube.

                        (A couple years ago I cracked a vertebra lifting my 80 pound dog. My back hurt a lot but the local, highly government-ized medical system said, ¨We don´t do anything for the spine.¨ Not even X-rays? ¨You have to go out of town.¨ I was snowed in and had other reasons I could not travel so I did ballet exercises with youtube videos and got better. I was shocked to find out I had actually cracked a vertebra. All this was in Oregon BTW. Idaho medical is still real good.)
                        The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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                        • #13
                          I wonder whether eating these little critters boosts dancing proficiency?


                          https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48259397

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                            I wonder whether eating these little critters boosts dancing proficiency?


                            https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48259397
                            Maybe. Insects are said to be very nutritious and pound for pound there are more insects on the planet than many other life forms. Thanks, as always, for the inspiring information.
                            The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
                              This was all new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I also looked up the recipe for ¨Welsh cakes¨. Will be trying it.) I am still working on this link.......I finally made it work. The youtube mark that looks like l, can be I, l, or 1. I finally guessed right.

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGRn1XDYIVc&t=391s

                              I was surprised around 13:00 that girls also did some of those athletic moves. I was a Ukrainian dancer and females did not do those moves though women did have some spectacular solos. My solo was turning many turns on one leg, one after the other in the Hopak. I was surprised to see the athletic activity in Welsh dance but I think this is the first time I have seen Welsh dance.
                              Hi Anna

                              Clog dancing used to be much more widespread - here is a brief extract from a BBC4 programme about a guy who sought to reintroduce clogging by means of a somewhat hastily trained, (in some cases), flashmob...

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtESUuA2gTc&t=21s

                              Cheers

                              Dave

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