TED TOGHIA (Budapest, 1953) immigrated to the US in 1957, where he studied and choreographed Hungarian dances under Andor Czompó’s guidance and direction, and with Sándor Tímár, who was the former artistic director of the Bartók Dance Ensemble as well as the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. He has done extensive field research in Hungary and Transylvania. He became the artistic director and the general director for the Kárpátok Hungarian Folk Ensemble of Los Angeles in 1970. He received several grants from The California Arts Council, as well as The National Endowment for the Arts, and has choreographed for other Hungarian and international dancegroups around the United States since 1977. In 1982 he founded the Kárpátok Orchestra, which at the time was totally comprised of American musicians. He toured Hungary twice with Kárpátok.