The Hungarian Family Folk Dancers were founded over 30 years ago to preserve and share the treasures of Hungarian folk dance culture. Supported by the Hungarian American Association of Washington, practices are held weekly in Seattle. The children and adult groups learn the dances progressively. The group performs regularly at the Hungarian American Association of Washington and at other venues, including Northwest Folklife events.
The four groups, three children's and one adult, and five teachers started a new rehearsal schedule in Sep- tember in collaboration with the Hungarian School. The youngest ones, the Ringató (Lullaby) group, meets every second Saturday at 10:00 am as part of the Hungarian School with Flóra Carlile-Kovács. Babies aged 6 months to 3-4 years are welcome to learn tickling games, folk nursery rhymes and games while parents are riding them on their knees or holding them in their laps. This program helps improve the children’s Hungarian lan- guage skills, sense of rhythm, and body consciousness, and deepens the child-parent relationship.
In collaboration with the school and scouts, we have advertised a new kids dance group, which meets at the beginning of the Hungarian School’s program and wel- comes children from the age of 4-5 to 10. Dóra Jávorszky and Attila Ciceri teach dances from Somogy and lots of games to this enthusiastic group every second Saturday at 10:00 am.
The advanced children, aged 10-15 with several years of dance experience, are also led by Dóri and At- tila. This year, they are learning dances from Kalocsa and Délalföld. We are really proud of them having been invited to the Hungarian Heritage Festival in San Fran- cisco which they already started practicing for.
The adult group practices every week 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. First, Virág Carlile-Kovács leads the warm-up and rhythm exercises. Then Tibor Horváth and Kati Gyulai teach dances of Délalföld. Dóri Jávorszky and Attila Ciceri ends the rehearsal with the Sekler dances of Marossárpatak.
Big thanks to the tireless work of our teachers, espe- cially to Attila Ciceri, who was the Hungarian govern- ment’s intern and our dance master last year and volun- teered to return to continue the work that he has start- ed with both kids and adults. We are also grateful to the Hungarian government for sending Dóra Jávorszky as this year’s Kőrösi Csoma Sándor intern. Dóra helps out the other groups of the association as well as in the dance ensemble.
The various groups of the Forgatós Hungarian Dance Ensemble will have their next performance at the Hun- garian Christmas event to the Hungarian community.
You can also join the friendly community of the Forgatós Hungarian Dance Ensemble. Our group welcomes everyone regardless of age, sex, and experience. People can participate as individuals or as a couple.
Carlile-Kovács Flóra és Gyulai Katalin
Location: Greenwood Senoir Center
More information: Forgatos.Seattle@yahoo.com