Two levels of dance instruction will be offered. The 2023 dance and music material will be from the areas of Gyimes, Mezőkölpény, and Zemplén. Our dance instructors will be Gábor Kovács, Nóra Gál , Norbert “Cimbi” Kovács, and Beáta Gaschler.
- Intermediate/advanced: Gyimes
- Beginner: Mezőkölpény
- All levels: Zemplén
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 Gyimes class in the morning and work with the children’s program in the afternoons.
Norbert “Cimbi” Kovács is well-known in Hungary and abroad for his work preservign and promoting Hungarian cultural and folk-dance education for all ages. He started dancing at age 9 with an amateur ensemble in Ajka near his hometown of Devecser in western Hungary, and by his early twenties was artistic director of the Ajka-Padragkút Dance Group (1993-2003). He is a recipient of the Young Master of Folk Art Award (1997) and a Perpetual Golden Spur Award for solo dance (1997, 1999, 2001). He was the artistic director of the Sümeg Dance Group (2006-2012) and the Veszprém-Bakony Dance Ensemble (2012-2015).
Cimbi teaches and choreographs for groups and festivals throughout Hungary and the surrounding areas including for the Országos Táncháztalálkozó , Szezonnyitó Táncház, Forrás Néptáncegyüttes (Százhalombatta), BM Duna Művészegyüttes (Budapest), Magyar Állami Népi Együttes, and the Veszprém Táncegyüttes. He has taught internationally in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Munich (Germany), Montevideo (Uruguay), Osaka (Japan), Montreal (Canada), New Brunswick (New York), Canberra, Sydney (Australia), and at Ti Ti Tábor Camp (North America) from 2009-2014. He has served on folk dance juries for festivals such as the National Youth Solo Dance Competition, National Solo Dance Competition for adults, the South American Hungarian Folk Dance Festival, the Western Canadian Folk Dance Festival, and the Western-European Hungarian Folk Dance Meeting.
In 2003 Cimbi founded The Élő Forrás Tradition Preservation Association and serves as its president. With the association he has developed his village, Kiscsós, into a center for folk art and education and organizes and conducts folk dance camps such as the Dűvő International Folk Music Camp and many teacher training events. The Association also sponsors cultural events such as the Somló Voice Festival and the Kiscsószi Barn Festival and networks with Hungarian folk organizations in other countries through a website: www.hidakforum.hu. The Association’s “Bridges” program fosters relationships with Hungarian folk dancers of Canada, America, Austria, Slovenia (Muravidék), Slovakia (Csallóköz), Romania (Transylvania), Serbia (Vojdaság) and Germany.
In 2014, Cimbi founded the Zoltán Balla Elmentary Art School that teaches folk art to 400 children in Devecser area schools. He also founded the Élő Forrás Hagyományfalu (an interactive village museum) and the Hunyor Népfőiskola alapítója (folk college) to promote not only the cultural life in Kiscsós, but economic development as well.
In recognition of his more than two decades of work preserving folk traditions, he has received many awards: the Aprodja Award of Hungarian Culture, the Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit award (2012), the Veszprém County Prime Award, the Mediawave Award for Parallel Culture (2015), the Knight of Hungarian Culture award (2017), and the Miklós Bán award.
Beáta Gaschler began dancing at a young age and studied with various dance groups of Ajka in western Hungary. Having earned a degree in Folk Dance Pedagogy from the Hungarian Academy of Dance, Bea is currently completing a master’s degree in teaching at the Academy.
In addition to her professional studies, Bea has extensive leadership experience with performing groups. She was the women’s leader for the Apte Dance Ensemble, the Sümeg Folk Dance Ensemble, and the Veszprém-Bakony Dance Ensemble. In 2008, Bea began work as a dance teacher for the Magyarpolány Elementary Art Education Institute. Since 2014, she has been a folk-dance teacher for the Zoltán Balla Elementary Art School and an artistic director of the Bozót Folk Dance Ensemble, the Rekettye Folk Dance Ensemble, and the Kiscsőszi Talent Group. She has also received the Sirítő award for solo dancing.
Bea is the program director with the Élő Forrás Preservation Association, based in the village of Kiscsősz, where she organizes and implements community and professional programs in the village and throughout Hungary. She has traveled the world to places such as Germany, Austria and Taiwan, teaching Hungarian folk dance with her husband, Cimbi. Bea previously taught at Ti Ti Tábor from 2011-2014. Bea resides in Kiscsősz with her husband, Cimbi, and their four children.
Cimbi and Bea will teach the beginner Mezőkölpényi class and all levels Zempléni class.