Hungarian Dance Weekend at Pinewoods, June 7–9, 2019

Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Dénes Takácsy, our dance instructor, was born and raised in Gyula, Hungary. He started dancing as a boy over 30 years ago, then moved to Békéscsaba, Hungary, performing with the Balassi Dance Ensemble, a professional dance troupe, in countless international folk festivals all over the world. After moving to Boston to attend Northeastern University, Dénes came to the attention of several members of the Forgás Hungarian Dance Group and was invited to teach Hungarian and Transylvanian folk dance in Arlington, MA. He has been teaching the Forgás dance class on Sunday evenings at the Church of Our Saviour in Arlington for more than 10 years. Dénes has performed several times with Beth Bahia Cohen in Boston, with the Borozda Dance Ensemble in Chicago, with the Rózsafa Dance Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and with the Délibáb Dance Ensemble in New York City. He performed at Carnegie Hall on May 20, 2019 with the Nikolett Pankovits Sextet and The River Voices. We have learned so much from him and were delighted that he taught at our first Pinewoods Hungarian Camp.

Fényes Banda: We were thrilled that Fényes Banda played for the evening dance party (táncház) on both Friday and Saturday evenings! Fényes Banda consists of friends who met through the Hungarian/Transylvanian folk dance and music communities of New York, New Jersey, and New England. They play authentic music from Hungarian villages and towns and learn from field recordings, and also from some of the greatest Hungarian players of this music, who keep the traditions of the Carpathian Basin alive. The band formed in 2012, and it is currently the only Hungarian folk music band in New York City. Fényes Banda has performed numerous times for Hungarian cultural heritage events, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival. Jointly with Delibab dance group, Fényes Banda was awarded a Hungarian Heritage grant in 2014 by the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation. Band members who joined us at Pinewoods were Claire Bright (violin), Janos Perge (violin), Gyorgy Kalan (kontra viola), and Brano Brinarsky (upright bass).