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Thread #93449 Message #1799661
Posted By: stevethesqueeze
02-Aug-06 - 06:52 AM
Thread Name: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
Subject: RE: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
I am a member of EFDSS and live and work here in wales. I help the local primary schools with country dancing and music and we have a childrens country dance club and we have a real band that I play in that plays for the children. i find the welsh schools have a much more enlightened (to a degree) approach to trad dance and song and the welsh asembly actively encourages that to happen. i find lots of children enjoy the option of having a go a trad dance and some kids like the fact its like a sport without the competition. I spend time in ireland in county kerry and in the local primary schools Comhaltas people sponsor teachers to teach traditional instruments to the kids! I am absolutely convinced the EFDSS has a role in helping english children take an interest and enjoy tarditional folk dance and song in the same way welsh and irish children clearly do. I think as members we have responsibility to do that ourselves.