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date: 26 June 2022

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This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. This chapter discusses the history of the Hungarian dance house movement as a music revival characterized by its close connection with dance, its entanglement with Hungarian national and ethnic identity, its institutionalization both before and after the major political and cultural changes of 1989, and the important role played by ethnochoreologists in influencing particularly the teaching methods that were developed within it. It concludes that a sustained commitment to the core social-aesthetic experience that motivated its founders and their success in creating a durable globalized social institution for its practice have contributed substantially to the continued viability of a participatory aesthetic in the performance of its music among both urban-based musicians and those whose musical life remains rooted in the music’s source areas.

Keywords: Hungarian dance house movement, music revival, national identity, ethnochoreology, institutionalization, participatory aesthetic

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