Hungarian dance at Pinewoods

Hungarian Weekend at Pinewoods Camp

June 9-12, 2022

This long weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA offers Hungarian improvisational dance workshops, evening dance parties, and a variety of special events. The weekend will feature Dénes Takácsy and Diana Santana Cadena, both highly-acclaimed and much-loved teachers of traditional Hungarian/Transylvanian dances. They will focus on teaching Szucsági Román Forgatós dances from the Kalotaszeg region. Fényes Banda, from New York City, will play for dancing, teaching circles, and your pure listening pleasure.

View fees and registration information here.

Please note: while this program is designed for adults over age 18 with some Hungarian or other couple dance experience, a limited number of campers under the age of 18 can be accepted. Non-dancing companions are welcome to attend; while they will not take classes, they will be able to relax surrounded by the beauty that is Pinewoods, enjoy the great camp food, and participate in all the evening festivities!

Dance leaders:

Dénes Takácsy

Dénes Takácsy

Dénes was born and raised in Gyula, Hungary, where he started dancing over 30 years ago. He was a member of the Balassi Dance Ensemble, with whom he performed at international folk festivals all over the world. Dénes brought his love for Hungarian dance and music with him when he moved to Boston, and he began to teach a weekly Hungarian dance class, which led to the first Hungarian Dance Weekend session at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2019. He has performed with a variety of people and ensembles in the US, including: Beth Bahia Cohen in Boston, the Borozda Dance Ensemble in Chicago, the Rozsafa Dance Ensemble in Washington, DC, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Nikolett Pankovits Sextet & The River Voices.

Diana Santana Cadena

Diana Santana Cadena

Diana is an architectural artist of Hungarian and Ecuadorian descent and dances with the Bartók Folk Dance Ensemble of Budapest. In 2019 she received a Kőrösi Csoma Sándor scholarship from the Hungarian government, allowing her to come to the United States and share her love of Hungarian dancing with US audiences.

Musicians:
Fényes Banda

Claire Bright (violin)
Brano Brinarsky (double bass)
Kalán Bence (kontrabass)