Do you like folk dance? Would you rather be a spectator or do you like to attend yourself? Budapest has great programs to offer to both. There are not many countries beside Hungary which has as high artistic level of their dances!
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO TRY DANCING THEMSELVES:
Common dance is an important element in the folk tradition, closely linked to milestones in human life, (name days, weddings etc.) anniversary during the year (Carnival, Easter, Christmas etc.) or job-related (sheep tagging in spring, harvest, winemaking etc.) The Carpathian area is unique, rich and with varied folklore treasures. Fortunately, the people of our region preserved and still use most of the village traditions in its original form.
These traditions are also available for urban people on the so-called “dancing houses” in Budapest. This Dance-House movement has more than 40 years of tradition in Budapest. There are several places where dance lovers can meet, regardless of age, qualifications or previous experience. Here, professional dance teachers help to practice a variety of people dancing to live music. The training can be done individually, as a couple or in a circle dance. This program is fun for both beginners and experienced dancers.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WATCH FOLK DANCE SHOWS:
There are several groups who regularly performs for dance lovers. Their goal is to demonstrate the beauty, power and variations in folk dancing. Orchestras usually occur 10-12 dancers and with the same number of musicians. The choreography is based on authentic folk dances. Some of them were found in isolated villages hundreds of years ago. Through the spectacular dance performances, you can get a broad idea of music, dance and costumes from Hungary and other areas where people of Hungarian origin are living. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and Hungaria Folk Ensemble & Orchestra are three of the best professional Hungarian emsemble with the longest tradition in Hungary. They perform regularly at the Danube Palace and Budai Vigadó.