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Elhunyt Andor Czompó, a magyar néptánc tanítás amerikai "apostola"

Czompó Andor a magyar néptánc legeredetibb motivumait adta át többszáz, hanem többezer rajongójának az Egyesült Államokban. Gyakran járt ...


Czompó Andor a magyar néptánc legeredetibb motivumait adta át többszáz, hanem többezer rajongójának az Egyesült Államokban. Gyakran járt Los Angelesben is ahol a Kárpátokkal  szoros kapcsolatot tartott sőt szaktanácsadója is volt a '60 - '70-es években. Több emlékezetes táncot tanított az Együttesnek, melyek mind gazdagították repertoirunkat. Tisztelettel gondolunk Andorra, emlékét megőrizzük, nyugodj békében.

Kékessy György 
a Kárpátok alapitója

Czompó Andor a magyar néptánc tanítás amerikai "apostola" volt az 1960 as évektől a század végéig. Andor a legsikeresebb hirdetője volt magyar népi kultúra szépségének - óriási elismeréseket szerzett. A legnagyobb tisztelettel búcsúzunk tőle, Isten nyugosztalja.

Magyar Kálmán, 
Amerikai Magyar Népművészeti Központ


OBITUARY
Andor Czompo
NOVEMBER 30, 1929 – DECEMBER 3, 2019


Andor Czompo, age 90, of Williamsburg and native of Budapest, Hungary, passed away on December 3rd 2019. He was proceeded in death by his father Andor Czompo of Turkeve, Hungary and his mother Laura Kiss Czompo of Budapest, Hungary. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 55 years, Ann Czompo of Williamsburg and a son, Andor Steven Czompo of Rochester, NY.

He was enlisted in the Hungarian Army from 1950-1952. He also acquired a liberal arts certificate from St. Bernat Gymnasium and a teacher’s certificate from the Hungarian State Folk Institute. Andor was known for his love of everything Hungarian such as folklore, costumes, and music. He was also known for his love for photography, swimming and for his many faithful dogs. Most of all, he will be remembered as a teacher and mentor. He retired in 1991 from SUNY Cortland.

His proudest accomplishment was that he was a master teacher who conducted Hungarian dance and folklore workshops and master classes at many major universities and folk dance camps worldwide.

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In 1956, he took to the streets of Hungary with thousands of his fellow countrymen in the revolt of Soviet occupation. At first, the uprising seemed successful…until the tanks came. Many died. And like so many, he was forced to leave his family behind and flee his beloved Hungary as a political refugee.

He came to America, as so many have, with nothing but the clothing on his back and the content of his head and his heart. He became a citizen of the United States and lived the American dream as well as it can be lived.

He never lost his passion for his homeland. Andor was one of the world’s foremost authorities on all things Hungarian – its culture, its customs, its clothing, its cuisine…its folklore. He spent his life teaching and traveling the world as a lecturer and guest artist. He touched and enriched the lives of so many with the depth of his knowledge, the sharpness of his intellect, and the beauty with which he told a story. And he taught a generation of folk dancers the artistry of his craft.

He met a girl. When the registration computer at Ohio State broke down, on a whim Ann took a leap of faith and headed to a folk dance camp in Maine. In the unlikeliest of circumstances, she met Andor. And he adored her. And so began a love story that has lasted for over 55 years.

Andor passed away quietly this week, with his beloved Ann by his side.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice House Community Support, 4445 Powhatan, Williamsburg, VA 23188 or the Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, Inc., Seva Grreat, P.O. Box 8014, Yorktown, VA 23693 (757-827-8561)

Online condolences may be shared on www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com

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