- A Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.
“My folk dancing group is learning the csardas this week.”
“The dancers will show off many traditional European dances, including the csardas from Hungary.”
“I’m always completely out of breath by the time we finish the fast-paced ending of the csardas.”
Hungarian, mid-19th century
Why this word?
The csardas, also spelled “czardas,” is the national dance of Hungary. It has a historical tradition of being a part of a couple’s courting ritual. Couples start out slowly, and then build to an exhilarating fast crescendo, all while improvising on the basic steps of the dance. Hungarian composer Franz Liszt used the csardas as inspiration for his “Hungarian Rhapsodies.”
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