About Us

The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble is a performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to promote and present traditional Hungarian folk dances and to preserve the history of Hungarian folk culture in all its forms.

Our Mission

The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public.

The Ensemble consists of twenty to forty young adults ranging from age 14 and up. Most are of Hungarian heritage, although membership has never been limited to those with Hungarian backgrounds. The dancers receive their training in the Ensemble as well as from guest teachers and at workshops statewide.

The community served by Eszterlánc is vast, as appearances include international festivals, social events, patriotic holidays, and ethnic events. The Hungarian community alone, the group’s most supportive audience, numbers in the tens of thousands in California. Recently, the group has toured to Los Angeles, Sacramento, and even as far as Vancouver, B.C.

Practices are held every week at the Peninsula Ballet Theatre, on Friday nights from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Drop-ins are welcome, but please e-mail us to make sure a practice is being held, as we occasionally skip a week.

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We have performances serving the community frequently, the details of upcoming performances can be seen on our home page.