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Douglas Kennedy on American dances, 1939

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Douglas Kennedy on American dances, 1939


Douglas Kennedy succeeded Cecil Sharp as director of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He visited the United States in 1939 to teach dancing and to observe what he could while in this country. While he was in the south, a Smoky Mountain square dance leader, D. B. Hendrix, organized a demonstration of southern Appalachian dancing for Kennedy, joined by Olive Dame Campbell, and Marguerite Bidstrup, founders of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Upon his return to England, Kennedy published this short report on the dancing he observed during his trip. Hendrix received this letter of commendation from his boss at the Tennessee Extension Service.


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