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."

Sharp was extremely busy: teaching dance classes at Columbia and other New York City locations; consulting on the theatrical production; meeting with one of his patrons, Mrs. Helen Storrow, in New York and at her Lincoln, MA home; travelling to Pittsfield, MA, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and most interestingly, Sing Sing Prison (Mrs. Storrow's brother was the Governor there); and arranging to print his books and make recordings of music for the dances he was teaching. In the midst of all this, he was having conversations with Mrs. Storrow and others about forming a branch of the English Folk Dance Society in the United States. On March 19th, in Boston, a meeting was held with Dr. Baker and the Miss Wares, and possibly others, about the possibility of the EFDS Branch and there was talk about a summer school. On March 23rd, at the Colony Club, with Mrs. Storrow, Norman Wilkinson, the Callery's, and others in attendance, the first U.S. Branch of the EFDS was formed. On March 26th, Sharp wrote to Maud Karpeles about the summer school plans. Later, after an intense teaching tour, the New York Branch was formed on April 20th, with Miss Beelge named the President. On April 21st, Cecil Sharp sailed for home.

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