Csárdás

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Csárdás:

chahr-dash

What does Csárdás translate to?

The national dance of Hungary

Csárdás is a classical ballet term that is simply the name for the national dance of Hungary.  A typical csárdás is has two sections, a slow (lassú) and fast (friska) movement.

It was first introduced in ballets as a character dance in the first act of Coppélia in 1870.  Csárdás dancers typically wear boots or heeled shoes which adds to the style and steps.  Rarely done in a tutu, possibly besides Raymonda, women will usually wear a longer dress with a more “character style.”

 

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