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)
Minnesota Hungarians Tanchaz & Videki Dance Group videos
"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))