Táncház

Táncház means "dance house" and refers to social gatherings where people gathered to dance their village dances and socialize. The Hungarian band, Szászka,live music for our táncház events. There is folk dance teaching for children and adults.
 

Táncház method is a Hungarian model for the transmission of intangible cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO. 

The Táncház (‘dance-house’) model of teaching folk dance and music combines traditional forms of acquisition with modern pedagogical and academic methods. Participants acquire dance knowledge from experienced members or tradition bearers by direct observation and imitation, to the accompaniment of live music, while using their own individual level of creativity to develop their competence and dancing ability. The dancing is complemented by singing instruction, handicraft activities and ethnographic presentations. Anyone regardless of age, competence or prior exposure can become an active participant. The aim is to establish a value-based, community-building, entertaining yet educational form of recreational activity through the practice and transmission of intangible cultural heritage. Táncház methods are also utilized in art schools and all levels of education, and influence folk dance and music performance. An annual National Táncház Festival and Fair constitutes the largest meeting of bearers, mediators and enthusiasts, yet age or content-specific Táncház-es have developed, as well as workshops, camps, playhouses and handicraft clubs. Increasing numbers of publications popularize Táncház and assist in refining and transmitting its methodology, while folk dance and music resource centres enable the public to access archival recordings. The model is easily adaptable for the safeguarding and transmission of any community’s intangible cultural heritage through hands-on acquisition, thereby sustaining its diversity. (source: www.unesco.org)

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Minnesota Hungarians Tanchaz & Videki Dance Group videos

Music from Dunamenti Music (Düvő Ensemble Concert) - Carpathian Folk Festival (October, 2011)

Music from Kalotaszeg (Düvő Ensemble Concert) - Carpathian Folk Festival (October, 2011)

Music from Szászcsávás (Düvő Ensemble Concert) - Carpathian Folk Festival (October, 2011)

Music from Gyimes (Düvő Ensemble Concert) - Carpathian Folk Festival (October, 2011)

Szabolcs, Zsolt, Berci: Csak egy kis Cajun (Carpathian Folk Festival, Oct., 2011)

Rábaközi Táncok - Videki Dance Group (Festival of Nations, St.Paul, May 2011)

Magyarbődi Karikázó - Videki Dance Group (Festival of Nations, May 2011)

Magyarbődi Páros - Videki Dance Group (Festival of Nations, May 2011)

Rimóczi Sarkantyus - Videki Dance Group (Festival of Nations, May 2011)

EDT Performance at the Tanchaz - Ethnic Dance Theatre (St.Paul, March, 2009)

 

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"Thank you so much for bringing the Carpathian Folk Festival to South St.Paul. Thank you , too, for keeping the Hungarian culture alive in Minnesota! Isten Ald meg a Magyart!" - R.B. (10/09/2011)
 
 
 
"Dear Committee, Thank you! The Folk Festival on Wednesday Night was fantastic! My sister and I could hardly beleive it all! We felt very welcomes. We hope to come to other events also. Thank you again and again for your time and efforts." - E.P. (10/06/2011)
 

"Dear Lajos, Botond, Zsuzsanna, Tamas and Szaszka Hungarian Band, Thank you for performing with us! It was great to meet you and work with you. Sok szeretettel, Young Dance" - Young Dancers ("Uncle Louis's Name Day, Then and Now Performance" RITZ THEATHER (May 2011))

 

 

Carpathian Folk Festival


September 30 - October 5, 2011

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Szaszka

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Tanchaz

TANCHAZ (01/21/2011)

Tanchaz was held on January 21, 2012, at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul. Our Tanchaz program started with the Workshop.
More than 20 children attended with their parents at the Children Lesson, and many of us joined to the adults session to learn Hungarian folk dance steps.
 
Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping with this event!
Onbehalf of the the Minnesota Hungarians Board Members we would like to thank you for participating in our Tanchaz program on January 21,2012. Special thanks to Eva Kish for organizing this successful event.

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TANCHAZ (01/15/2011)

 

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TANCHAZ (04/10/2010)

Dances: from Mezőkölpény (a Székely village in the Mezőség region)  The beautiful and colorful dances of Transylvania include the dances of the regions of Mezőség, Kalotaszeg and Székelyföld. Music fro each of these regions is played by Szászka during the Táncház.

 

The Székely music that Szászka plays is usually from the village of Mezőkölpény. This village is one of the hamdful of the Székely villages in the Mezőség region. Most Székely are found in eastern Transylvania and form the largest Hungarian ethnic group in Transylvania. The dances of Mezőkölpény are the slow, medium and fast csárdás, korcsos and cigánycsárdás. Their main dance is korcsos, which elsewhere is also called forgatós or marosszéki.

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TANCHAZ (10/03/2009)

Dances from Mezokolpeny, a village in the Szekely villages in the Mezoseg region.

The beautiful and colorful dances of Transylvania include the dances of the regions of Mezoseg, Kalotaszeg and Szekelyfold. Music from each of these regions is played by Szaszka during every Tanchaz. The Szekely music that Szaszka plays is usually from the village of Mezokolpeny. This village us one of the handful of Szekely villages in the Mezoseg region. Most Szekely are found in eastern Transykvania and they form the largest Hungarian ethnic group in Transylvania. The dances of Mezokolpeny are the slow, medium and fast dances csardas, korcsas and ciganycsardas. Their main dance is korcsos, which elsewhere is also called forgatos or marosszeki.

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TANCHAZ (03/07/2009)

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Videki Dancers

The Vidéki Hungarian dancers perform dances done both within present day Hungary and by ethnic Hungarians outside the country’s current borders. Their colorful costumes, whirling dances, and fiery music preserve the vibrant traditions of Hungarian folkdance. The group practices weekly, except in the summer, and welcomes new members.
 
Call Jon Millner at 320-420-1590 for more information.