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Csárdás! The Tango of East -- Budapest Ensemble - Budapest Táncegyüttes Tour - Zsuráfszki Bio

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Zsuráfszki's Biography



ZOLTÁN ZSURÁFSZKI:

A Brief Biography of Achievements

Education and Experience:
> An Honors Graduate [1975] of the Hungarian State Ballet School/Folkdance Department. Member of the first graduating class of the Department.
> Graduate of the Budapest Teacher's College, major in education and pedagogy [1985].
> A performer, solo artist, and later, Dance Director and Choreographer of the Hungarian State Ensemble until 1983.
> Artistic Director and Choreographer for several amateur folk ensembles in Hungary and Tanchaz instructor.
> Founding Director [1984], choreographer and solo performer of the famous Kodaly Ensemble which became one of the most important professional folk ensembles in Central Europe until its dissolution, due to lack of funding [1991]. The Ensemble under Zsurafszki toured North America with very significant critical acclaim.
> Artistic Director, Choreographer and later General Director of the Budapest Ensemble [1991]; he revitalized one of the most prestigious professional folk ensembles in Hungary.

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Training and Research:
> Studied with the best folk and modern dance instructors in Hungary.
> Innumerable field trips and research tours to Transylvania, Slovakia, Poland.
> Extensive research and study of dances of all nations in the Carpathian Basin including Hungarians, Slovaks,Romanians, Croatians and Gypsies.

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Awards:
> Honor Student at the Hungarian State Ballet School [1975]
> Numerous awards for choreography of amateur groups at festivals.
> "Young Artists Recognition" [1977]
> "Dancer of the Year" [1985]
> Prize for Culture from Heves County [1986]
> Award "Excellence in Hungarian Art" [1989]
> "Gyula Harangozo Prize" [1993] (highest recognition for a dancer in Hungary)

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Teaching & Touring
> Canada; Germany; Slovakia; USA; Switzerland; Romania; Russia; France; Finland; Italy; Japan; Sout America
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