Hungarian men's dances in Transylvania

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The oldest Hungarian men's springing dance is the Ugrós (Hungary) and the related Silladri, danced by the Hungarians who moved to Bucovina in the 18th century. The Hungarian lad's dances of Transylvania developed, in part, from the Carpathian springing dances. The link can be seen in the intermediary dance type Féloláhos (half-Vlach) of the Székely of Csik and Gyimes, which includes stamping, and heel movements and is danced to melodies of Carpathian springing dances.

The Verbunk (from Werben = recruiting in German) is derived from the method of recruiting into the Austrian Habsburg armies in the 18th century. The dance had an informal structure and many figures including spur clicks, and boot and leg slaps. These features are now seen in the Austrian Schallplatter, Hungarian Verbunk, Romanian Barbunc, and have been amalgamated into the lad's dances of Transylvania. At a latter stage the dances became structured with a corporal in the centre of a circle.


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