Hungary’s most prominent national folk dance, the Csárdás, originated with the 18th century verbunkos, dances that were most often done as a form of recruitment for the military. The Csárdás starts off slowly –a section called lassú–and ends very quickly with a section known as friss (“fresh”). Both men and women dance the Csárdás, though tradition dictates that only women wear a traditional red skirt that twirls as they dance.
In class we imagine ourselves in a táncház and try the Csárdás. To fly in the face of tradition, we may all don traditional red twirly skirts.