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English Folk Dance Society

Formed in 1911 by Cecil Sharp. Sharp started sharing his field notes with Mary Neal of the Espérance Girls' Club in London. Mary wanted to teach her girls some folk dancing and Sharp believed his collected Morris dances fitted the bill.

Aided by the sisters Helen and Maud Karpeles, he went on to found the society to preserve and promote English Folk Dances.

Sharp died in 1924 and a memorial building was commissioned by fundraising to be the headquarters of the society. This became Cecil Sharp House and was opened in 1930. The director was now Douglas Kennedy, the husband of Helen Karpeles.

The Folk Song Society was asked to merge, and did so in 1932, forming the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

See Also


English Folk Dance and Song Society