Edmonton’s Csárdás Hungarian Folkdance Ensemble has provided performance and training in Hungarian folkdance and related art forms since 1975. Csárdás operates within the Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton.Our group’s twin goals are promotion and preservation of these fascinating dances, alongside the traditional clothing, crafts, customs, and celebrations that form part of our diverse Hungarian cultural heritage.
Csárdás welcomes youth and adult dancers who are interested in exploring this remarkably rich dance material. Children and youth from ages 4 to 17 are introduced to regional styles of Hungarian folk dance, as well as learning that singing and dancing go hand-in-hand among Hungarians! Adults receive in-depth instruction to expand their knowledge of the myriad distinct Hungarian dance dialects, as well as training in improvisational folkdance: the latter is an intrinsic aspect of Hungarian folkdance. Csárdás performs an average of 25 times per year – at events from weddings to conferences, and festivals to theatre programs – across Alberta and western Canada.
Photo credit: Emerich Kovács, Elishya Marie Photography, Jakab Attila