Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra

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Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra
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Group formed by Michael & Mary Ann Herman.

On October 15, 1940, the Hermans opened a folk dance center in the Ukrainian National Home on East 6th Street, New York. From a weekly class, the center grew to daily classes, workshops, teacher-training courses, and festivals. They moved to Polish Dom, and finally found a building on 16th Street at 6th Avenue where they opened their soon-to-be-famous Folk Dance House. Everyone from dancer to musician was always welcome at Folk Dance House. Attendees included Burl Ives, Gene Kelly, Peter Lorre, and Damon Runyon.

Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra was a featured group on many of the folk dance recordings that Folk Dance House put out through Sonart Records on the Folk Dancer label, which he co-founded with Dave Rosenberg. Several hundred excellent folk and contra dance recordings were produced, frequently with himself on violin, Mary Ann on piano, and the extraordinary Walter Erickson on accordion.

Beginning in the late 1960s, the availability of easily recorded tape cassettes brought on the destruction of the folk dance record industry, including the Folk Dancer label. Because of these feelings, he refused to sell records from his alleged stock of 50,000 Folk Dancer records for the last 20 years of his life. Since Michael's death in 1996, the Kentucky Dance Foundation has become the owner of the Folk Dancer record label, and has put the recordings out in CD form.
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Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Discography Tracks

Albums

Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Festival Folk Dances album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Festival Folk Dances RCA Victor US 1958 Sell This Version
Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Happy Folk Dances album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Happy Folk Dances (Album) RCA Victor US 1958 Sell This Version
Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - All-Purpose Folk Dances album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra All-Purpose Folk Dances RCA Victor US 1958 Sell This Version
Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - First Folk Dances album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra First Folk Dances RCA Victor US 1958 Sell This Version
LPM-1622 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Folk Dances For All Ages album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Folk Dances For All Ages(LP, Album) RCA Victor LPM-1622 Australia & New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
LPM-1619 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Special Folk Dances album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra, Karl Weiss Bayrische Bauernkapelle*, Reina's Orchestra, Mariachi Pulido Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra, Karl Weiss Bayrische Bauernkapelle*, Reina's Orchestra, Mariachi Pulido - Special Folk Dances(LP, Album) RCA Victor LPM-1619 Australia & New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
LPM-1624 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Folk Dances For Fun album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Folk Dances For Fun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LPM-1624 Australia & New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MH 1020 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Der Lauterbacher album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Der Lauterbacher(10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 1020 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 1018, FD 1 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Toting / Eide Ratas album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Toting / Eide Ratas(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service, The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 1018, FD 1 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1048 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Siebenschritt / Black Forrest Mazurka album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Siebenschritt / Black Forrest Mazurka(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1048 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-3016 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Oslo Waltz / Doudlebska Polka album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Oslo Waltz / Doudlebska Polka(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-3016 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1056 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Zigeuner Polka album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Zigeuner Polka(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1056 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 1055 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Swedish Schottische / Oxdansen(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 1055 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 45-1019 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Kujawiak / Masquerade album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Kujawiak / Masquerade(7", Single) The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 45-1019 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 45-1109 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Ten Little Indians / Four In A Boat / Over The Hills To Charley album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Ten Little Indians / Four In A Boat / Over The Hills To Charley(7", EP) The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 45-1109 US 1950 Sell This Version
CMH-1051 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Man In The Hay album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Man In The Hay(7", Single) The Folk Dancer CMH-1051 Canada 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1057, FD-14 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Alexandrovsky / Family Waltz album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Alexandrovsky / Family Waltz(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service, The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1057, FD-14 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1054 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Little Man In A Fix album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Little Man In A Fix(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1054 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1047 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Jamaja Labajalg album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Jamaja Labajalg(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1047 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 45-3019 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - St. Bernard Waltz / Hot Pretzels album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* St. Bernard Waltz / Hot Pretzels(7", Single) The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 45-3019 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH-1044 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - La Soyotte album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* La Soyotte(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-1044 US 1950 Sell This Version
FD 12, MH-1050 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Polka Zu Dreien / Rheinlaender For Three album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* Polka Zu Dreien / Rheinlaender For Three(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service, The Folk Dancer Record Service FD 12, MH-1050 US 1950 Sell This Version
MH 1114, FD 35 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - 'Strommt Em Babeli / Dr Gsatslig album art Michael Herman's Folk Orchestra* 'Strommt Em Babeli / Dr Gsatslig(Shellac, 10") The Folk Dancer Record Service, The Folk Dancer Record Service MH 1114, FD 35 US 1954 Sell This Version
MH-3006 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Treffnertanz / Alter Tiroler Plattler album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra Treffnertanz / Alter Tiroler Plattler(10") The Folk Dancer Record Service MH-3006 US 1955 Sell This Version
EPA-4135 Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orchestra - Folk Dances For All Ages album art Michael Herman's Folk Dance Orch.* Folk Dances For All Ages(7", EP) RCA Victor EPA-4135 US 1957 Sell This Version