The A.H.F.C. invites you to attend the
11th Hungarian Folkdance and Folk Music Symposium
June 21-28, 1998
At the Beautiful SNPJ Recreation Center
Enon Valley, Pennsylvania
Join the fantastic Szászcsávás Gypsy Folk Ensemble from Transylvania
Életfa Folk Music Band from New York with special guests from Hungary: Mihály
Pál and Zoltán Szánthó
Gábor Szűcs and Mária Urbán Folk dance teachers from Jászberény, Hungary
Dedicated Staff from North America
Since first event in 1978, the Symposium is a biennial gathering of Hungarian
folkdance lovers in North America. Workshops are held each morning and
afternoon, and every day ends with a TÁNCHÁZ (folk dance party). Each day bring
enjoyment, surprises and a fantastic cultural experience. Dancing, singing and
music workshops, lectures, performances, and games make the week go by too fast
The afternoons are left open for relaxation with friends at the pool, the tenni
courts, by the lakeside or for enjoyment of the beautiful grounds.
Although teaching is aimed at an intermediate level, the "dialect type"
instruction always starts with basics and allows beginners classes will also be
organized on an as needed basis. Special attention will be paid to those camper
who are not familiar with the material introduced in past years. The best part
of the week-long event is that the camp becomes an instant community, a "Who's
Who of Hungarian Folkdance."
Transylvania comes to Pennsylvania
This year's event will be an historic undertaking. For the first time in the 20
year existence of the Symposium and in all of North America, a complete six
member folk music band with a female dancer and singer from the remote village
of Szászcsávás, Transylvania will be teaching music, songs and dances to the
camp participants. These superb musicians and dancers have mesmerized Budapest'
folklore enthusiasts and the European continent; now, they will captivate North
American audiences. Each member of the bank is an accomplished musician and
singer, a virtuoso dancer and a proud exponent of gypsy culture. The 1998
Symposium will be a real "East meets West" encounter. Our Transylvanian
Hungarian Gypsy guests will be real informants and we will learn fresh material
from the FORRÁS ("the source").
Gábor Szűcs and Mária Urbán, very talented folk dance experts from Jászberény,
Hungary, will "break down" the exciting material learned from the informants.
The Outstanding Staff from _Europe
The Band From SZÁSZCSÁVÁS
The seven-member band is an authentic folk music, song and dance ensemble from
remote village in Transylvania Its six male musicians will be accompanied by an
excellent female singer and dancer. These artists have spent all their lives
serving their local community with the beautiful and exciting music of their
region. Now they will spend a week with us to perform, teach, sing and dance th
material they know so well.
Szászcsávás (Ceuas in Rumanian) is a small village in Southwest Transylvania
with less than a thousand inhabitants; most are Hungarians, but about a quarter
are gypsies, including all the members of the Szászcsávás Band. The core of the
band consists of lead fiddler István Jámbor and his brother, Mátyás Csányi on
bass, along with their brother-in-law Ferenc Mezei on kontra. They have been
playing together for thirty years. The other musicians are from their extended
families, including Ferenc Mezei, Levente Mezei Mátyás Csányi II., and Etus
Mezei will join them to teach and perform dances and songs. They are familiar
with the music of local Hungarians, Gypsies, Romanians and Saxons. The
Szászcsávás Band represents a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant musi
of a small Tranylvanian village for the first time in North America.
_GÁBOR SZÜCS & MÁRIA URBÁN
Folkdance Instructors from Jászberény, Hungary
In order to "beak it down" and allow us to digest the pure folk source, these
two extremely talented and able dance teachers have been invited from Hungary.
They have worked with Szászcsávás Band on many occasions and are knowledgeable
about all the important dance dialects we will learn at the Symposium from the
band members. This includes material from the Mezöség/ Szászcsávás area,
Kűkűllömente, and include gypsy dance from Szászcsávás.
Gábor and Mária are Artistic Directors of the famed Jászság Folk Ensemble and
are excellent teachers and choreographers. They have been on the North American
Continent on teaching and performing tours and are respected and loved by those
who have been fortunate to work with them.
The Staff from North _America
_ÉLETFA FOLK MUSIC BAND FROM NEW YORK
The ÉLETFA is the most loved Hungarian folk band in North America. They have
performed throughout the continent at numerous festivals, concerts, dance
ensemble performances, and TÁNCHÁZes. They will play for teaching sessions and
will play during the nightly TÁNCHÁZ. Életfa will be fortified by two excellent
musicians from Hungary:
Mihály Pál (Misi) - violin
Has been the lead violinist of the Jártató Ensemble of Jászberény for several
decades; he is one of the most respected folk musicians in Hungary.
Zoltán Szánthó - brácsa
A well known researcher and musician from Budapest. He plays with several folk
music groups and is the business manager of the Szászcsávás Band.
Kálmán Dreisziger from Montreal
One of the best known authorities of Hungarian folkdance in North America, who
has participated in most Symposium and formed a vital link between campers and
quest teachers. He was the Artistic Director of the Kodály Ensemble and now
directs the Gyöngyösbokréta Ensemble of Montreal.
Kálmán and Judith Magyar from New Jersey
The chief organizers and force behind the Symposium from its inception. They
have been the Artistic Directors of the Hungária Ensemble of New York for many
years and taught throughout North America. They are the directors of the
American Hungarian Folklore Centrum.
Dénes Dreisziger, Boglárka Mácsai, Bandi Kocsis from Montreal
Dancers of the Gyöngyösbokréta Ensemble of Montreal and are all excellent
performer and great teachers.
Cathy Lamont and Rudy Petke from Washington D.C.
They are the artistic directors of the Tisza Ensemble and a major moving force
behind the very active Hungarian folklore movement in the Capitol.
Kálmán Magyar, Sr., Judith Magyar, Kálmán Dreisziger
Zsuzsa Toth-Blackburn, Roger Cooper, Gábor Dobi, Dénes Dreisziger, Linda Enyedi
Richard Graber, Cathy Lamont, Kálmán Magyar, Jr., Violet Misanygyi, Judy Olson,
Rudy Petke, Dan Talmo, Kindra Vargo
About the _SNPJ Recreation Center
The SNPJ Recreation Center is owned and operated by the Slovene National
Benefit Society, which offers the best in fraternal insurance to all interested
individuals. The Center is a beautiful 500 acres facility with an Olympic-size
swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, nature trails close by state parks
spacious dancing halls, a 20 acre fishing lake and other recreational
facilities. Most sessions and the TÁNCHÁZ are held in the Barn which has a
wooden floor and is well ventilated. Lodging is available in cottages and motel
rooms or, for the budget-conscious "rough riders," camping grounds. Food
services will be arranged by a new catering contractor who will work with us to
meet our specifications. The center is one hour away from Pittsburgh, PA and 45
minutes from the Pittsburgh airport. Arrangements will be made to pick up
participants at the airport if requested.
Costs for Participation
The fee includes 8 days, 7 nights stay with 7 days of programs. The first
program will start with a TÁNCHÁZ on June 21 (Sunday evening), and the last
TÁNCHÁZ is on June 27 (Saturday), with participants leaving on June 28. All
indoor lodging will be in cabins with 2 or more persons per room, except where
single supplement is applied. Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets and towels) AR
NOT included. Special daily rates may be available but must be arranged prior t
visit. CAMP IS LIMITED TO 150 REGISTRANTS, PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.
For more information: call: 201-836-4869, fax 201-836-1590
e-mail: "Kálmán Magyar, Sr" ¤ _
1.¤Individual, Early Registration¤$295/$325¤Full pay by 4/30¤
2.¤Individual, After May 1¤$325/$350¤2-4 room¤
3.¤Group, min 6, till June 1¤$285/$300¤Performing group¤
4. ¤Single Supplement (add)¤----/$100¤One per room¤
6.¤Child under 6, with parent¤$150/$150¤Staying w/ parent¤
Deposits by May 1, 1998, balance due by June 1, or place cannot be
Please register me for the 11th Hungarian Folkdance and Folk Music
Symposium - June 21-28, 1998. Attach: 50 US Dollars deposit. Mail check
to: AHFC - PO Box 262, Bogota, NJ 07603 Tel 201-836-4869
Your Name(s):¤_ ¤
__¤ ¤Type of Registration: _1 _2 _3 _4 _5 _6
Accomodation: _Camp _Lodging
Amount Enclosed: _ [Make check payable to AHFC]
¤ Signed By: ¤_ ¤ ¤_ _¤ _
Kalman Magyar, Sr.