William Penn Assn. Magyar Folk Dancers

a tradition for over twenty five years

The William Penn Association Magyar Folk Dancers are proud to perform in a region as rich in culture and history as southwestern Pennsylvania. Follow us on Twitter or view our Facebook page.

We welcome Americans with or without Hungarian background who want to explore a different way of dancing and singing! Our group works on pronunciation and performance, so prior experience isn't required. Sing, dance, and be merry! The dancers wear handmade costumes celebrating traditional Hungarian folk styles and perform each summer. We have been performing for over 25 years presenting everything from exhilarating dances to songs with moving lyrics and even children's games! Talpra Magyar!

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...You have to know where you come from to know where you're going...

2016 Performances

Our 2016 performances are: 
May 14, 2016 - EQT sponsored Children's Theater Festival located in downtown Pittsburgh's cultural district - the fest's website is: http://pghkids.trustarts.org/
July 31, 2016 - Bethlen Communities' annual Hungarian picnic in Ligonier, PA.   Bethlen's website: http://www.bethlen.com/ 
August 16, 2016 - McKeesport's International Village ethnic food and music fest (their website: http://www.internationalvillage.info/) 
August 27, 2016 - William Penn Association's Hungarian picnic in Hiram, Ohio, located at the Hungarian Cultural Center of Northeastern Ohio's fairgrounds (the Association's website for their events: http://www.wpalife.org/activities/) 

2015 Performance Season

Our dancers have been practicing since March and we're ready for our performance schedule to begin! We have five new dancers this year, ranging from age 4 to age 17, and they're excited to show you what they've learned! 

Our season includes: 

May 16 at 11:00 am on the Community Stage at the 29th Annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival. For the second year, the fest will be in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Come say hello to our dancers!

July 26 at 2:00pm: Bethlen Communities' annual Hungarian picnic in Ligonier, PA 

Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00pm: Kennywood's Hungarian Day (cheap tickets available through Timea Szep at 724-238-9139)

Tuesday, August 11 around 6:00 pm: McKeesport's International Village fest in McKeesport, PA 

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and Twitter: https://twitter.com/hungariandancer 


2014 P E R F O R M A N C E S

August 5, 2014 --May Julia "Grandma" Genes rest in peace. She sewed many of our costumes that we still wear to this day in our dance group. She was 98 years old. She was always kind & thoughtful and she will be missed. If you can, please attend one of the viewings or the funeral service. Dance practice on Saturday has been moved to Sunday at 4:30p.m. out of respect for her & her family.

Our next show is Tuesday August 12 at 6pm at McKeesport's ethnic food fest, International Village.  Village admission is $2. Gates open from 3pm-10pm. Bring cash because most of the churches who run the food booths only accept cash. Kids Village will be Monday August 11 at the Lions' Band Shell in Renzie Park, near the Rose Garden. This is one of the best events McKeesport has to offer! website: www.mckeesportinternationalvillage.com

Our first show of 2014 was on Sunday, May 18, at the annual International Children's Festival (sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and EQT). We had a great time despite the chilly weather and thank the volunteers and planning committee for a great Festival - YEAR AFTER YEAR! 
William Penn Association Scholarships available, deadline for application is May 31, 2014 - see if you're eligible! Call 1-800-848-7366 or visit http://www.williampennassociation.org/members-scholarship.htm

2013--On TUESDAY AUGUST 13, our group performed at International Village at 6pm on the main stage.  Village admission was $2. Gates open from 3pm-10pm. Bring cash because most of the churches who run the food booths only accept cash. Kids Village was Monday August 12 at the Lions' Band Shell in Renzie Park, near the Rose Garden. This is one of the best events McKeesport has to offer! website: www.mckeesportinternationalvillage.com

Our last performance in 2013 was Saturday September 7 at 2pm at the annual A Great Fraternal Fest (American-Hungarian) picnic, from noon - 6pm, at Scenic View in Rockwood, PA (GPS: 118 Scenic View Lane, Rockwood, PA 15557) 

The Bethlen Communities' Hungarian Picnic in Ligonier, PA was Sunday July 28 & went very well! This was our debut of two our newest dancers this season! They did such a great job and worked really hard this summer! (info about the show: The admission is $12 (for non-dancers). Includes food & dessert, palacsinta (Hungarian crepes) and soft drinks.  GPS address: 125 Kalassay Dr, Ligonier, PA  --- tickets available at the door.  In 2011, there was a pig roast, gulyas soup (goulash), langos (fried dough) and palacsinta (crepes with apricot filling). Free Parking!

Our group's first performance of 2013 was at the International Children's Festival on Sat. May 18 @ 10am, admission is free, parking is cheap @Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum or Carnegie Museum of Natural History garage. Our stage is near the Pitt Cathedral of Learning, but we're performing under the white tent on the Community Stage at Schenley Plaza, near the Carousel.  Because our performance was so early, you can follow-up our performance with a brunch at the famous restaurant, Pamela's, located down three blocks or so in Oakland on 3703 Forbes Avenue (great breakfast, cash only). Here's our group's event on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/439983349429567/

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We are looking for new members to join us on stage. If you know of anyone (boy or girl, from age 3 and up) who likes to dance/sing & be on stage or is interested in Hungarian dancing in the Pittsburgh area, please let me know so I can send them a welcome packet. *There's no registration fee* (Hungarian background and membership in the William Penn Association welcome though not required)

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Last update: 7-19-2016
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