Material 2015

Intermediate/Advanced Dance and Music


Located in the Mezőség region of Transylvania, Vajdaszentivány (Voivodeni in Romanian) was first mentioned in 1332 as Sancto Johanne. Its diverse population is made up of primarily Hungarians and Romanians, but also gypsies and Germans. Its castle was built in the 18th century in classicist- baroque style. The dance cycle includes the following dances: verbunk, sebes forduló, lassú csárdás, korcsos, cigánycsárdás, and sometimes the Romanian bâtuta. The couple dances of the cycle are turning dances with a closed couple hold during the turning steps and under the arm turning of the woman with a handkerchief.


Videos:  Dűvő playing the dance cyclebatuka and cigánycsárdás,


Located in Transylvania, Szászcsávás is a small village with Hungarian and gypsy population. Although it only has two streets, it became world famous in Hungarian folk dancing circles because of its amazing band. The dances of Szászcsávás will be taught at the end of camp by  Pisti Kis and Erika Kis Demeter who have been regularly teaching at the  Szászcsávás camp.
Dance: Bem TáncegyüttesSzászcsávási táncok – Horti, Cimbi és a Szászcsávási zenekar,
Music: Szászcsávási Zenekar [One] [Two]
Documentary about the Szászcsávási musicians (in Hungarian)  

Beginning Dance


Mezőkeszü is one of the 300 villages of the Mezőség region in Transylvania, which still preserves some renaissance and baroque elements in its folk music and dance heritage. The fusion of Hungarian, Romanian, Gypsy, and Saxon culture brought the music and dance culture to its highest level here, making Mezőségi dances among the most popular at tancházes. Camp teachers, Szilárd Szabó and Ildikó Németh personally researched the dances of Mezőkeszü. They will teach the dances of Mezőkeszü in the first half of camp.

Sziszi és Ildikó


Madocsa is a village south of Budapest, in Tolna county, Hungary. The dance cycle with its slow and fast csardas and verbunk belongs to the middle Danubian dance cycle, and will be taught in the second half of camp. The local, peasant dance group helped preserve the dance traditions since the 1940s.


Madocsai csárdás