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Manx Folk Dance Society (MFDS)

  • Up to 25 performers
  • Accompanied by live musicians
  • Display dancing and can include audience participation

Formed in 1951, the Manx Folk Dance Society (MFDS) is the longest running dance group in the Island. With a total membership of around 65 of all ages, around 25 people regularly attend practice sessions. Adults and juniors practise and often perform together. The MFDS performs regularly throughout the year but, like other groups, has a busier schedule in the summer months when dancers are in demand at local fairs and tourist events. Throughout its history, the MFDS has maintained links to folk groups in England and other European countries. The society also encourages other dance groups to the Island and has made exchanges with groups from Sweden, Norway, Germany and England.

Representation at festivals

2008 exchange with Volkstanzgruppe Besse, Germany

2007 combined trip to Stavanger, Norway with Bock Yuan Fannee