Every month there is a House of Traditional Dances organized by the Dragúni NGO – a dance party
in the centre of Bratislava
where you have a chance to learn how to dance to the classic folk music or music of various minority groups. The idea of these events is that there are no performers and spectators, there is just dancing and fun! So what is House of Traditional Dances all about?
Rich cultural resources, unique geographic location preserving various shades of temperament, natural communicativeness of music, dance and interactions with the public are the fundamental pillars on which the project The House of Traditional Dances was built. It has been organised in different towns and cities
regularly since 2002. The art project applicable in any region of the world makes space for active entertainment – direct enjoyment and development of traditional music-dance art in its entire spectrum.
A flexible and well-working concept based on knowing the history and traditions, and respecting it, has the ambition to enable all participants to experience first-hand – and help create – a splendid atmosphere of live music, making it a good prospect for applying the project in local, national, international and inter-genre context. As you see, Dragúni NGO hold Slovak traditions in high esteem. The House of Traditional Dances project itself was inscribed in the prestigious Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia in 2018
thus becoming the best
traditional dance party in the country.
This Dance House
has two parts. In the first part, the instructors use video projection of authentic records, focusing on teaching one or two folk dances. In the second part, participants try what they have learned in the first part in a form of free entertainment.
Taking place at KC Dunaj in Bratislava city centre
on May 16th
, 2019, this edition of The House of Traditional Dances will be dedicated to couple dances from Podpoľanie cultural region
in the very central
part of Slovakia. You can also look forward to public presentation of elements included Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia.
Come over to enjoy the evening under the leadership of the leading personalities of Slovak folk revival movement Ján Michálik and Katarína Galbičková as well as František Morong und Barbora Morongová with their guests. Pure joy of life expressed in dance will be this time presented through couple dances, cifrovanie and hajduch from village Hrochoť
and nearby municipalities in Podpoľanie
region. Women's singing group Marína from Zvolen
under the leadership of Andrea Jágerová will accompy Barbora Morongová teaching circle women dance koleso from village of Poniky. Music will be provided by energic Paľáčovci Folk Band.
Cheerfulness shown in dance is not enough, therefore you can look forward to interesting presentations and discussions about two intangible cultural heritage phenomenons as Podpoľanie Dancing Requests and Carved Wooden Crosses from Podpoľanie region
will be presented this evening.