Csardas Dance Company 15th Anniversary Performance

Csárdás Dance Company was delighted to celebrate it’s 15th Anniversary in 2009. The organization was founded in 1994 by Richard Graber and Christopher Smith. Over the last 15 years, Csárdás Dance Company has enriched the lives of thousands of people with colorful main-stage performances, educational presentations in schools, and with a myriad of community outreach initiatives. This special event was celebrated with a Gala Dinner/Dance on August 1, 2009 at the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church on Puritas Avenue in Cleveland. The audience was treated to a delicious chicken paprikas dinner, champagne toast, and a spectacular dance performance by Csárdás Dance Company.

Guests of Honor included the Honorary Consulate General of Cleveland, Laszlo Bojtos, who delivered a memorable commendation to our company and Congressman and
Chairman of the Hungarian-American Congressional Caucus Dennis Kucinich who offered a 15th anniversary toast. Author Charlotte Marky (“Journey To Freedom”) was also present. The gala performance consisted of current Youth Ensemble members and alumni dancers. The audience was treated to the Shepherd’s Stick Dance by Christopher Smith as well as a special grand finale performance of Szatmár with all company and alumni dancers including Richard Graber and Christopher Smith. The company members have proclaimed this as their best performance yet! A Silent Auction with many generous donations from individuals was included in the events as well as a fun and energetic "tancház" (dance party) directly following the performance.

We wish to thank The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, the W. W. Grainger Company and the law firm of Lesiak, Hensal & Hathcock, as well as individual supporters, for their generous donations.

Photographic services were provided by InMotion Photography and videography was provided by Beating Hart Productions. Pastor Zoltan Kelemen and the staff of West Side Hungarian Reformed Church Calvin Center did a wonderful job at executing the details of the event.

Program courtesy of dlg design, inc.

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Photos courtesy of InMotion Photography - http://www.inmotion-photo.com/

Proclamation from Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Congressional Record

Proclamation from Governor George Strickland and the State of Ohio

Proclamation from Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland


Csárdás Dance Company Promo Video

Video courtesy of Beating Hart Productions

Hungary Movie 2007