Dance

Two levels of dance instruction will be offered. The 2020 dance and music material will be from the areas of KüküllőmentiSzászcsávás, and Vajdaszentivány.

Morning workshops:

  • Intermediate/advanced: Küküllőmenti
  • Beginner:  Vajdaszentivány

Afternoon workshops:

  • All levels: Szászcsávás

A detailed schedule will be published closer to camp.

Dance Instructors

Gábor Norbert Kovács entered this world in Ajka (western Hungary) as the son of folk dancer parents.  As a child, he began dancing in the town his birth, ultimately graduating from the Magyar Táncművészeti Főiskola (Hungarian Dance Academy) in the program for folk dance and theater dance.  After his graduation, along with his activity as a dancer he has been involved in teaching folk dance in schools.  He is currently a dancer in the Magyar Nemzeti Táncegyüttes (Hungarian National Dance Ensemble).

In 2013, he received recognition as a ‘Golden Spur Dancer’ at the Békéscsabai Országos Szólótáncfesztivál (The National Solo Dance Festival in Békéscsaba).

Nóra Gál danced in various amateur ensembles from childhood.  As a young person, she danced in the Bocskai Néptáncegyüttes (eastern Hungary), as a university student, in the Szentendre Táncegyüttes, then for a year as a professional dancer in the Magyar Nemzeti Táncegyüttes (Hungarian National Dance Ensemble).

She has had an opportunity to work with many Hungarian and foreign folk dance ensembles (London, Melbourne, Erdély, Vajdaság, for example) in which capacity she was awarded recognition for choreography (Martin György Országos Néptáncfesztivál 2015, Kállai Kettős Néptáncfesztivál 2016).  In 2017, at the Nemzetközi Párostánc competition (International Couples’ Dance Competition), she was recognized as “Az év páros táncosa” (The Couples’ Dancer of the Year).

Currently they both work in Budapest, forming a partnership in life and in dance.

Gábor and Nóra will teach the intermediate/advanced Küküllőmenti class and the all levels Szászcsávás class.

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László Tihanyi will return for his fifth year at camp and third year teaching beginner dance classes. He is a native of Hungary and has resided in Oakland, California since September 2013. Since his arrival he has been the Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble. His background as an amateur Hungarian folk dancer and dance teacher has led the group to invite him from Hungary for leadership and teaching roles in the US. László received his Bachelor of Science in Hungarian folk dancing and folk dance coaching from the Dance Academy Budapest, Hungary.

Szonja Milivojevic was born in Szabadka, Serbia. From a young age, she was involved in the cultural life of the Hungarian minority in Vajdaság, Northern Serbia. She started dancing in the Csűrdöngölő Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Újvidék and she was an Assistant Artistic Director of the Mitugrász Children’s Folk Ensemble, Újvidék. Currently, she is dancing in the Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble since 2013 and has been a Business Director of the same since 2016. She also used to be a teaching assistant to László Tihanyi in Eszterlánc for a year.

She holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont, California. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been involved in the cultural life of the Hungarian community both as a folk dancer and as an organizer of various events.

Laci and Szonja will teach the beginner Vajdaszentivány class.