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The word is Welsh, and means, essentially, "music festival".

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jimpickles

Well I'm not sure of the spelling. I think its eisteddfod (plural eisteddfodau). It comes from the word eistedd (to sit). And by the way, I think really dd is pronounced f in the original tongue. It is a Welsh word for a Congress of Bards. That's really helpful isn't it?

 

We here in Australia, invading a so-called "empty" land, borrowed terms from wherever we could (and of course invented some of our own, though those were mainly connected with beer and bodily functions). And this one in Wales had come to mean music or poetry competitions, and hence is now applied to all sorts of arts competitions. These are organised on anything from a very local (i.e. just a suburban) to a national scale. They can be specialised or general (e.g. just dance, or poetry, or all the arts).

 

I don't know if this word is used outside Australia and Wales. Just one of the wacky things about living in this remote part of the world.

 

Jim.

 

Added later: Ah! I see Major Mel got in first! I wasn't trying up upstage him!

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Ms. KLS
At my museum, we discourage groups of all-boys or all-girls. If they do that, they (both groups) become little hellions, because they won't have the opposite sex to rat them out. One boy in an all-girl group is sufficient to calm things down.

 

Thank god for testosterone! It keeps the estrogen in check, I always say.

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Mel Johnson
Well I'm not sure of the spelling. I think its eisteddfod (plural eisteddfodau). It comes from the word eistedd (to sit). And by the way, I think really dd is pronounced f in the original tongue. It is a Welsh word for a Congress of Bards. That's really helpful isn't it?

 

We here in Australia, invading a so-called "empty" land, borrowed terms from wherever we could (and of course invented some of our own, though those were mainly connected with beer and bodily functions). And this one in Wales had come to mean music or poetry competitions, and hence is now applied to all sorts of arts competitions. These are organised on anything from a very local (i.e. just a suburban) to a national scale. They can be specialised or general (e.g. just dance, or poetry, or all the arts).

 

I don't know if this word is used outside Australia and Wales. Just one of the wacky things about living in this remote part of the world.

 

Jim.

 

Added later: Ah! I see Major Mel got in first! I wasn't trying up upstage him!

 

I had a Welsh great-grandfather, but a jolly lot of good it does me, as he died in 1920. Pronouncing Welsh is such fun! Here's the beginnings of an overview:

 

http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/Lesson01.html

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jphoenix

"And by the way, I think really dd is pronounced f in the original tongue."

 

I lived in Wales for 6 years and you were close, but dd is actually pronounced th. Unimportant I know, but I just thought that I would put my two cents in!

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jimpickles

Many thanks for that info - something to swot up on! I lived in Wales for many years (or at least my parents did after I went to university, so I went "home" there) but it was in a very Anglicised part, what is now (but was not then) called "Caerdydd" on road signs - hence my identification of dd with f. Glad to stand corrected!

 

Jim.

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Mom2Dude_BalletDancer

We tried not to tell many at his school that he was dancing (ballet) to avoid potential comments.

When it did come out, everyone was very supporting and found it cool. Teachers even asked to know when he had performances.

The group most 'concerned' about boys dancing...the moms of little ballet girls. They usually ask why a young boy would want to dance. (insert the ?!?!?! look)

 

My 8yo also takes TaeKwonDo in a class that is girl heavy, so he's used to being surrounded by girls in his activities. He prefers hanging with the "older" girls (12 and up) as they tend to be more serious and less flighty.

 

At the park this week, I noticed he was running around doing leaps and turns and what I (still a newbie ballet mom) would call a tour jete landing in arabesque (fairly typical boy move I think). He calls it a cool move. I asked why he wasn't practicing his karate forms and he told me he was embarrassed to do those in the park, but he was happy to leap and turn. Several parents noticed him and asked if he danced. He said "YES!" and they told him how cool it was. Many moms of boys then turned to their boy and ask if they'd like to dance. Most say no, but that's ok.

 

This last recital, my boy wasn't thrilled with some of the choreo as he thought it was too girly and didn't want to do it. We asked him to trust the teacher's vision, and he did and it looked good and the class got lots of cheers from the audience (especially when he did his part). That made him feel good.

 

For the record, the reason he wanted to dance at age four was....He wanted to be a musketeer. Four year old logic told him that he needed to learn karate, ballet, fencing, gymnastics, and archery to be a good musketeer. So, we found a ballet/tap/jazz class for him and he loved it, well not so much the tap. He asked to go to a 'real' ballet school after a year of dance at the park. So now he's a few years into ballet, over a year into karate, he's done some gymnastics (not his thing), and is reaching age to try fencing and archery. His inspiration for musketeer was the Barbie movie his big sister had. He said if Barbie can do it, why couldn't he. He had no idea that SHE was the one breaking the mold. He told us he'd train and when he became a teenager he would need a letter and 15 crowns to go to Paris and join the musketeers. My guess is he'll need more than 15 crowns and he'll probably be off to NYC, but I'm really cool with that being way down the road.

 

Supporting the dream...it's what we do.

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Clara 76

Love it!!!! Wonderful story, and wonderful that you are all so supportive of him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "clapping"

 

Welcome, by the way!

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nynydancer

Cute story! The girls at DS's middle school are careful to keep his secret, but people who do find out are cool about it. DS is also one of the strongest kids in his gym class and in PE sports, so that helps. (and it is ballet that makes his strong) :clapping:

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