During this period of home quarantine, more and more challenges are appearing on social media sites, including movements that encourage exercise, healthy eating or environmental awareness. The initiative of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble, the To dance Legényes at home!, asks folk dance lovers to show off their dancing skills at home. Since the start of the challenge, hundreds of professionals and amateurs Fans of folk dance including police, soldiers and paramedics joined the challenge.

On its official Facebook page, the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble draws attention to the importance of staying at home and the possibility of practicing at home, and encourages its followers and dance enthusiasts to continue folk dancing at the House. The challenge is to showcase their Leg̩nyes dance skills in a video in a home environment Рor for some, at work.


Legényes is a solo dance for men performed by ethnic Hungarians from Transylvania living in the Kalotaszeg, Szilágyság and Mezőség regions of Transylvania. Although generally danced by young men, it can also be danced by older men. The dance is performed freestyle generally by one dancer at a time in front of a group. The women participate by standing in a line to the side and singing or shouting verses while the men dance. Each participant dances 4 to 8 points (dance phrases) without repetition. Each point consists of 4 parts, each lasting 4 counts.

The first one Dance Legényes at home! a video was posted with a call to the challenge. The initiative began with a dance by Gergő Sánta, the award-winning soloist of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble.

In the very first post, the dance group wrote, “It is important that everyone who can stay at home! But you can also dance from home… So show the world what virtuosos you are in the Kalotaszeg Legényes! They have also attached a task to all who take up the challenge. Participants must choose any 6 points from the Kalotaszeg Legényes and perform it in their own apartments (or in some cases at their workplace), then upload the video to their own social media pages with the hashtag #legenyesezzotthon. Then they must tag three friends or acquaintances who must also complete the Legényes at home! challenge.

Since then, hundreds of people have joined the challenge on various social media sites, including members of the police, ambulance services and the military who enjoy folk dancing. We’ve rounded up some of these videos below.

Members of the police also took up the challenge of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble:

The 86th helicopter base “Szolnok” of the Hungarian Defense Forces has prepared a professional video, where the Legényes danced by Szabolcs Kabdebon are accompanied by live music performed by István Nagy on the tárogató, a traditional Hungarian instrument, and a folk song by Zsuzsanna Danyi.

The National Ambulance Service also joined the challenge with the video of József Gyebnár, who danced the Legényes in front of ambulance cars.

The 25th Infantry Brigade “György Klapka” accepted the challenge of the Szolnok helicopter base. As they said, although they “cannot stay at home because duty calls – as always we put the safety of Hungary first and the safety of the Hungarian people”, but they have still showed how an artilleryman danced to Tata in the 101st artillery. Battalion.

The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble released a video, putting together some of the videos from the participants and sent it to “health and law enforcement officers, shop workers, teachers” and anyone else. still working for Hungary and its citizens every day and keeping the country running even during the coronavirus crisis. They sent the message thanking their constant and persistent work, saying:

You work for us and we dance for you!

featured photo: Hungarian National Dance Ensemble