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Aratás Ensemble


Our Group

We're all from the greater Portland (Oregon) area. The group started in 1983. Kathy Kerr, a dance teacher at OSU, attended symposium in New Jersey and brought back the dances from Szék. We wanted to "keep them alive" by getting together regularly to practice. Performing them evolved naturally from there.

The group is run democratically, which sometimes means chaotically. We developed our own choreographies in the earlier years, and later bought professional choreographies from Sandor Timar, Sandor Roman, Zoli Nagy, and Erika Bakonyi. The group is highly interested in Hungarian culture, dance, culture, and song. Some of us are able to speak enough Hungarian to sometimes let the Hungarians know what we're thinking, and mangle the language enough to amuse them.

We have a very good relationship with the local Hungarian society, who are our very best audience, and who have been generous in supporting our group. Steve and Agnes Kovacs and Lajos Elteto have been especially kind.

We often attend summer camps taught by dance professionals from Hungary, such as TiTi Tábor, and Cynthia and I have been to Hungary for vacation and the Táncháztalálkozó.

Here's a map to the Chalet, where we hold táncház on the first and third Saturdays of the month (with some exceptions due to performances, festivals, etc), starting at 8:30 pm. On the first Saturday of each month starting in September and ending in June, we also hold children's táncház from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $3 per adult and $1 per child.

The Chalet is a private house with a very long driveway (with room for about 15 cars along the side of the driveway) in front. The homeowner very generously lets us use the studio at the back of the house for dancing. Walk to the front of the house (at ground level), then follow the deck around the left side and to the back.




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Folk-related links:

AranyKapu logo Aranykapu Golden Gate Camp
Hungarian Dance and Music Camp
Forras logo Forrás Forrás Népi Együttes (Folk Ensemble)
Vancouver, Canada
Jomoka logo Jómóka Brian Salisbury, Primás (violin),
Bonnie Baty, Kontrás (bracsa), and
Craig Forster, Bõgõs, (bass)
Salt Lake City, Utah
MBK logo Magyar Baráti Közösseg Hungarian Communion of Friends
Portland, Oregon
TiTiTabor logo Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Music and Dance Camp

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