Ezterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble
Hungarian folk dance
About the Organization
The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble is a performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to promote and present traditional Hungarian folk dances and to preserve the history of Hungarian folk culture in all its forms. The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public.
Living Cultures Grant Program
The Ensemble received ACTA funds to arrange for new locally-created costumes, hand embroidered by members of the group during “sewing circles,” that will be premiered in a new choreography at the festival.
Traditional Arts Development Program
As part of the (now retired) TAD program, the Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble traveled to Southern California to perform for an audience of over two thousand at the annual Magyar Sajtónap (Hungarian Press Day) hosted by the newspaper California Hungarians. At this event, Eszterlánc dancers had the opportunity to perform with members of the Karpatok Folk Ensemble of Southern California, which is led by Istvan Szabo.
Support from ACTA’s TAD program allowed the Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble to work with mentor and dance teacher Istvan Szabo of Los Angeles, who, during a six-month residency, helped prepare the dancers for a performance.