Hungary–The Csárdás

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.

More information:
Csárdás: Tango of the East! | An awesome Csárdás

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