[wpspoiler name=”You can dance the csárdás like this . . .” open=”true” style=”aatw-video”][/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”but you should probably dance it like this.” open=”true” style=”aatw-video”][/wpspoiler] 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’re going to imagine ourselves in a táncház and try the Csárdás, dancing to “Marosszéki Táncock (Erdely)” by Budapest Dance Ensemble from “Csárdás: Tango of the East.” To fly in the face of tradition, we may all don traditional red twirly skirts.