In 1899 Cecil Sharp saw the Headington Morris Men dancing Cotswold morris on Boxing Day.

July 30, 2014

EFDSS is very pleased to announce that Laura Smyth has been appointed as new Director of The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Her predecessor, Malcolm Tayler OBE has retired after 35 years at the VWML.

In 1899, on Bosing Day, December 26th, Cecil Sharp saw the Headington Quarry Morris Men dance. He met their musician, William Kimber (pictured here), (September 8, 1872 - December 26, 1961).

in 1915, what was called the United States Branch of the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS) was formed.

Towards the end of 1914, Cecil Sharp, collecting of folk songs and dances, came to the United States to work with Granville Barker on his production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

In 1915, in response to Mrs. Storrow's request to Sharp to "send us a teacher," Miss Lily Roberts came from England to work with the United States Branch.

By 1937, the need for a more closely-knit operation had become apparent. What was needed was a headquarters, able to operate nationally. It had been 22 years since the first branches of EFDS were founded. This speaks to the success in the spread of interest in, and participation in, English country dance and Morris since 1915.

Pinewoods Camp is the oldest continuously operating facility for traditional dance and music in the United States. CDSS's summer dance/music/song programs have been running at Pinewoods Camp since 1933.

In June, 1915, Sharp returned to the United States, joined by his assistant, Maud Karpeles.

In the summer of 1916, the dance school led by Sharp and Karpeles was moved

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