The Hungarian Dance Academy, in cooperation with Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and the Maros Artists’ Association, will start a 6 semester-long dance and rehearsal coach Bachelor program in folk dance specialization in the 2019/2020 school year in Marosvásárhely. The course will start on September 5th.
The bachelor program will begin with 36 people in an evening schedule with scholarship-supported training by the Hungarian state. During their studies, students who successfully complete the training and output requirements of the degree program, will receive the BA degree from the Hungarian Dance Academy. The admitted students are all from Transylvania and members of professional Hungarian folk dance groups, so the program of course was prepared with folk dance ensembles in mind.
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The management of the Hungarian Dance Academy decided to start the bachelor program – fulfilling the long-standing desire of the professional dance ensembles of Transylvania – because they wanted to ensure that active, professional folk dancers could obtain a diploma in their native country. Out of the five professional Transylvanian Hungarian folk dance ensembles, the members of the Nagyvárad Dance Ensemble – due to their geographical proximity – were admitted to the external training of the Hungarian Dance Academy in Nyíregyháza.
In Romania, there are currently several higher education institutions in the field of dance, but none of the courses offered here focus on the teaching of Hungarian folk dance. According to Márton Tonk, president of the senate of Sapientia University, their aim is to support the start of the program in Marosvásárhely by creating the appropriate infrastructural conditions, and then launch a similar folk dance program in Kolozsvár next year.