"The children stole the show with their shining faces
and natural charm!"
Wilma Salisbury, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Csárdás Youth Ensemble is a unique program that celebrates
the universal joys of ethnic dance. The ensemble has performed in
a variety of venues in the region and beyond. The program founded
in 1996 by Founder, Richard Graber, has proven to be a wonderful
experience for youth performers as they learn about Hungarian culture,
music and dance, develop coordination skills, meet other children
and experience performing at an early age. Csárdás reveals
the richness of a unique culture through performances featuring
a broad range of dance dialects and styles.
Csárdás Youth Ensemble has helped children as well as adults
inquire about and get acquainted with their own ethnicity. In doing
so, the activity helps bridge gaps of second, third or later generations
through the art form of dance. Equally as important and valuable,
dancers learn proper dance studio/company etiquette, which will
accompany them throughout their school years and into adulthood.
Dancers also are put in an environment to learn from different instructors
and choreographers with varying teaching styles and techniques.
Lastly, they develop an awareness of their own style and let their
emotion develop through the art of dance.
Past Csárdás Youth Ensemble performances have included
the Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio State
Fair, Kent State University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Kod?y
Music Educators Conference - Cleveland, Blossom Music Center,
The Cleveland PlayHouse, Middfest International (Cincinnati),
Wagnall's Memorial (Columbus), Cleveland State University,
Cuyahoga Community College, Playhouse Square, Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame, Cleveland Music Hall, Trinity Cathedral, Early
Childhood Music Program (a program by Chet-Yeng Loong, Ph.D. of
Music at Baldwin Wallace College,) Lorain Palace Civic Center,
Kenny Crumpton Show FOX-8 television, as well as many schools
and educational facilities throughout Ohio. Csárdás Youth
Ensemble has also performed in conjunction with many
world-renowned dance companies such as The Hungarian State Folk
Ensemble and Budapest Ensemble. Dance instruction and
choreography has been with such honored dance masters such as
former artistic director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and Mihai Babushka of the Romanian National
pure joy, high spirits and excitement!