Hungarian dance workshop set for weekend

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2003

Juneau International Folkdancers is sponsoring a Hungarian folk-dancing work-shop with instructors Istan Szabo and Deanne Hendricks from Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 9.

Hungarian folk dance is comprised of dances that ordinary people pass down through generations. Modern folk dances are a result of centuries of practice and refinement. The dances are frequently compared to American swing in terms of vitality and movements, according to a press release from the folk dancing group.

Szabo directs the Los Angeles-based Karpatok Hungarian Ensemble and is the former director of the Aman International Folk Ensemble. In the 1980s he toured with the Hinved Performing Ensemble and the Hungarian State Ensemble.

Hendricks was a principal dancer, singer and vocal director for the Karpatok and Aman ensembles and has been a singer for popular television shows "Hercules" and "Xena, Warrior Princess."

The workshop begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, with sessions at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. at the Elks Lodge, 102 S. Franklin St. For details, call 364-2334.

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