The tradition of “verbunk” dance

The tradition of “verbunk” dance

The term “verbunk”, referring to a male dance, originates from the German word Werbung, meaning recruitment.

The recruitment of soldiers provided opportunities for amusements which contributed to the development of a male dance of an informal structure, though rich with motifs, from the 18th century.

Two versions (solo and circle) of the “verbunk” dance belong to the new dance types, while the elements of these versions are rooted in earlier male dance traditions. Because of its the free improvised nature it has been considered as one of the most expressive manifestations of the Hungarian spirit and freedom ever since the age of Romanticism.

As a result of the Hungarian dance house movement “verbunk” tradition, revived in the 1970s has had a special place in the repertoire of dance groups all over the country.

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