The tradition of “Csárdás” dance

The tradition of “Csárdás” dance

The “Csárdás” is a living couple dance with several versions belonging to the relatively new stratum of Hungarian dance tradition.

Like the verbung, it developed during military recruitment from the 18th century on. Until recently, various versions of the “Csárdás” were danced in a large part of Hungary, as well as in Transylvania, the Highlands and Vojvodina.

Local unique versions of it could be collected and learned from tradition bearers (Nagyecsed, Sárköz, Kisalföld) even during the last decade. As a result of the Hungarian dance house movement, the “Csárdás” tradition, restored since the 1970s, has occupied a special place in the repertoire of dance groups throughout the country.

Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO
Elemér Muharay Folk Art Assosiation
Assosiation of Hungarian Folk Artists
Institute of Ethnology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Kriza János Ethnographic Society
Hungarian Ethnographic Society
Museum of Ethnography
Hungarian Heritage House
National Cultural Institute