Dawnswyr Bro Taf was formed in 1980 under the expert eye of Eirlys Britton with the intention of reviving the folk dancing tradition in the Taff and Rhondda valleys. They have grown to be one of the largest and most successful teams in Wales. Bro Taf has taken first prizes at the Inter Celtic Festival and the National Cerdd Dant Festival several times. They first won the first prize in the main dance competition at the National Eisteddfod for the first time at Fishguard in 1986 since then they have won it 12 times – the most successful group in the history of National Eisteddfod Dance.
Due to our British successes, the group was invited to compete in the World Folk Dance Championships held bi-annually in Palma, Mallorca. Second prize was won in the best dance group category. That was in 1993. Since then they have returned to Mallorca several times and have accumulated an array of prizes.
Tours have included countries such as France, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, China and the Netherlands. In 2010, Bro Taf travelled to Brittany, France where they took part in the Festival Interceltique de Lorient and wowed a crowd of 40,000 people every night at the impressive Stade du Moustoir
In October 2012 the group was invited to represent the UK in a World competition in Cheonan City, South Korea and was awarded the second place in a competition that is regarded as the biggest and most prestigious competition in the folk dancing calendar and following this success have only just returned from the impressive Carpati Festival in Romania. In February 2014 will be travelling by request again – this time to Oman in the Middle East. They have far exceeded their original aim and have put the name of Wales and Welsh dancing on the world traditional dance map.