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Jane Farwell

BACKGROUND Mary Ann and Michael Herman

Information: A Folk Dance camp (1948-1994).

Maine Folk Dance Camp (a.k.a. Maine Camp) was founded in 1948 by Jane Farwell, who invited Mary Ann and Michael Herman as teachers and then encouraged them to find their own site and take over the camp in 1951.

Mary Ann directed the camp until her death in 1992. The camp lasted another three years until 1994 when Michael decided to close the camp, discouraged over perceived mismanagement, disrespect of primary-source dance teachers, record piracy, and the replacement of folk dances with novelty dances.

The camp, located in Bridgton, Maine, offered summer-long classes in folk dance and music.


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