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)
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.
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.