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Henry "Buzz" Glass 
Round Dance Cuer
ID: 972


Henry "Buzz" Glass was bitten by the folk dance bug in 1937 and began dancing with almost every known folk dance group in the San Francisco Bay area. While attending San Francisco State College in the late 30's, he attended an informal session of dancing, lead by Soong Chang. He became a charter member of Chang's International Folk Dancers. With this initial interest, coupled with a teaching major at San Francisco State, Buzz began to expand his dance activities, and organized a dance club at San Francisco State. After completing his education, his first teaching job was in Lodi, where he continued to teach folk dancing and organized the Lodi Folk Dancers. He became especially interested in Russian dancing, and worked under Vasya Kuratoff, performing with Changs on weekends at the Estonian Village during the International Exposition at Treasure Island. He studied modern dance with America's leading modern dancer, José Limón and joined the Modern Ballet Theatre for productions at Sigmund Stern Grove. Buzz came up with the idea of forming the Folk Dance Federation of California, Inc. as a natural outcome of his enjoyment of folk dancing and a desire to find a way to bring large groups together to folk dance. Nine groups (150+ dancers) responded to his invitation to go to Lodi, California, on May 3, 1942, to listen to Buzz's presentation. Their enthusiasm prompted a second organizational meeting on May 16 in San Francisco and again on June 14 in golden Gate Park. With its three elected officers (Buzz was elected as its first president for two terms) and the adoption of a single legal sheet of bylaws in August, the Federation was well on its way, with 23 folk dance groups joining by the end of 1942. In December of 1942, Buzz married Frances Farnell, the Federation's first elected secretary. The couple moved to Oakland, where he promptly formed yet another group, the Castle Promenaders. For a short time, he taught for the Arthur Murray studios. Buzz was, for a short time, the editor of the Federation's official publicaton, "Let's Dance" magazine, and helped Lucile Czarnowski produce the Federation's Folk Dances from Near and Far series, Volumes 1 through 5. During the early years of "Let's Dance", Buzz served as Assistant Editor and then as Editor of "Let's Dance", for a short time. Buzz taught folk dance classes for the University of California Extension Division for eleven years. Buzz taught extension classes at the University of California for eleven years. He received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study the culture, history, and folk dance of Mexico, and studied under Alura Flores de Angeles at the University of Mexico. On retirement from the Oakland School District as Supervisor of Elementary Physical Education and Coordinator of Special Education, Buzz gave his full time to educational activities and materials. He created the material for 23 LP recordings used nationally for teaching activities to children. Buzz died on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the age of 97. Buzz and Frances's children, Terry and Linelle, carry on the family traditions in folk dance and music. Among Buzz's publications are: Action Time Volume I, poetry, chants, and rhymes. Action Time Volume II, poetry, chants, and rhymes. The Rainy Day Survival Book, with Dr. Wayne Nelson. International Games and Dances, with Dr. Wayne Nelson.

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Recordings by Henry "Buzz" Glass:
Blue Star   
Missouri Waltz / The Sunny Side  Round (two-sided), Blue Star 1705

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