44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Transformation of Gypsy dance tradition. A short study of two dances found amongst Gypsies in the Hungarian language area: the fox dance (rókatánc) and the „mahala". The fox dance being an old tradition which is very rarely done and seen these days, is most likely in the process of dying out and is probably related to fertility ritual customs. The Mahala on the other hand, is a dance that has come into fashion in the last fifteen years or so, is said to have originated in certain Gypsy settlements around Bucharest in Romania. The writer of the article believes that these dances have not gotten enough attention by dance researchers. By Darmos István