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Introduction

 
 
 
 
 
 
KECSKEMÉT FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE
 
                  The Kecskemét Folk Dance Ensemble was established in 1976. Its maintainer is the Hiros Agora Culture and Youth Center.
 
The dancers (children, youth and adults) –250 persons in  9 group -  have been acquiring the basic of folk dance since 1999 in the world-famous Zoltan Kodaly Art School of Kecskemet.
            This young group of Ensemble have numerous professional and social awards and made guest appearance and transmitted the traditional dances in numerous foreign countries.
Foreign performances in:
Canada(CIOFF), Germany, Greece, Turkey(CIOFF), Finnland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Austria, Denmark, France(CIOFF), Poland, Romania, Russia(CIOFF), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia(CIOFF), Syria(CIOFF), Netherlands(CIOFF), Bulgaria(CIOFF)
Description of  dances:
 
The Ensemble presents the dances of the nations living in the Carpathian Basin (circle dances, virtuoso man dances, weapon and shepherd dances with or without implement and lyrical couple dances as well)
  • Ugrós (Jumping dances): Old style dances dating back to the Middle Ages. Solo or couple dances accompanied by old style music, shepherd and other solo man's dances from Transylvania, and marching dances along with remnants of medieval weapon dances belong in this group.
  • Karikázó: a circle dance performed by only women, and accompanied by singing of folksongs.
  • Csárdás: New style dances developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is the Hungarian name for the national dances, with Hungarian embroidered costumes and energetic music. From the men's intricate bootslapping dances to the ancient women's circle dances, Csárdás demonstrates the infectious exuberance of the Hungarian folk dancing still celebrated in the villages.
  • The Legényes: It is a men's solo dance done by the ethnic Hungarian people living in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. Although usually danced by young men, it can be also danced by older men. The dance is performed freestyle usually by one dancer at a time in front of the band. Women participate in the dance by standing in lines to the side and sing/shout verses while the men dance. Each lad does a number of points (dance phrases) typically 4 to 8 without repetition. Each point consists of 4 parts, each lasting 4 counts. The first part is usually the same for everyone (there are only a few variations).
Artistic director: László Lukács
Artistic assistant: Mrs Lukács, Eszter Haránt
Both are the Young Masters of Folk Art.
Kecskemet Folk Dance Ensemble
Hiros Agora Culture and Youth Center
Address:6000. Kecskemet, Deak Ferenc square 1.
phone:0036-76-503-880
Art leaders:
 
László Lukács
Artistic director
Mobile:0036-30-9-656-624 or 0036-76-503-887
 
 
Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzdKL1_hIsc