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City FolkEnglish Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America$
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Daniel J. Walkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794692

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794692.001.0001

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The American Branch

The American Branch

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City Folk

Daniel J. Walkowitz

NYU Press

This chapter details the history of the American Branch of the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS), as well as its clashes with the International Folk Dance movement. In the years between 1915 and 1918, Cecil Sharp had come to establish a cultural hegemony that emphasized the American Branch as the leading authority on folk dance. However, the American Branch of EFDS was but one of many ethnic urban folk centers among a wide range of immigrant cultures with folk dance traditions. One person in particular embodied the alternative vision of an International Folk Dance of the peoples of many lands, and she found herself as the center of conflict with the American Branch, and most especially with Sharp: Elizabeth Burchenal.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Burchenal, English Folk Dance Society, folk dance traditions, immigrant cultures, International Folk Dance, Cecil Sharp

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