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To commemorate the 50 year history of the HFAC, we have selected a few individuals we consider as prophets, founders, friends and alumni of the arts and communications who have either gone from the HFAC into a global arena or have been impacted by our students and faculty.

The fourth floor of the HFAC features posters that include quotes from these individuals. We are putting up one poster a week until the gala celebration.

Gabor Mihayli

Artistic Director of the Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble

Your ensemble is outstanding. Your program is high class and there is soul in your movements. There is honest devotion and faith shining from the stage. I see that you are a rare community and know the what and why of what are you doing.

Mihalyi Gabor is artistic director of the Hungarian Stake Folk Ensemble. Gabor’s full-length programs represent some of the most important dance works in the world. Benefitting from a culture that is nearly 1,000 years old, Gabor says his creative endeavors express his faith in his own Hungarian heritage and in the world today.

Gabor graduated from the Hungarian College of Dance Education and went on to perform with the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble as a dancer and later as a soloist. Established in 1951, the ensemble is regarded as one of the greatest folkloric ensembles in the world. Gabor has served as director of the group for nearly 20 years.

BYU’s International Folk Ensemble impressed Gabor, leading to the two ensembles performing together. Ed Austin, director of International Folk Dance Ensemble, said that Gabor’s high regard for the group is one of the greatest compliments the BYU dance program could receive.

Written by: Derek Gurr
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