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Grace West Newman

BACKGROUND

Information: Grace West Newman, lyricist for the book Vranjanka; and other Jugoslav songs and dances, by Richard G. Crum, 1958, 1964.

Grace was born in La Grande, Oregon of French Protestant extraction. She taught international folk dance and was one of the early folk dance pioneers.

She was a remarkable woman of many talents. She was the piano player for Vyts Beliajus during his early teachings in California and Stockton when no records were available for his dances. She also recorded one record for Vyts.

Grace taught in many camps throughout California and organized the Rikudom Israeli folk dance group in San Francisco in 1957.

She taught at the California College of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp (now Stockton Folk Dance Camp) from 1948 to 1952 and in 1958.

Grace passed away on May 15, 1982.


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