Dick Crum

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This article refers to the dancer. For Dick Crum, the American football coach, see Dick Crum (American football)
Dick Crum, 9/16/1989

Richard George "Dick" Crum (December 8, 1928 – December 12, 2005) was a prominent international folk dance researcher, teacher and choreographer. He conducted extensive field research in Eastern Europe in the 1950s (Shay, p, 121) and was choreographer for the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. He ran several international folk dance festivals, including those at St. Paul, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • "Dick Crum". originally from Phantom Ranch.
  • "Dick Crum". Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. This is the page that was originally on Dick Oakes' "Phantom Ranch" (now hosted by the Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.); there are many nice photos there.
  • "Interview with Dick Crum 1974".
  • "Dick Crum Culture Session 1980".
  • "Dick Crum Culture Session 1981".
  • "Dick Crum Culture Session 1989".
  • "Costumes". Short article by Dick Crum.
  • Casey, Betty (1981). International Folk Dancing U. S. A. Doubleday. ISBN 9781574411188. Dick Crum is nationally recognized as an authority on the Balkan folk arts. His field of expertise includes Bulgarian, Greek, and Romanian dances, as well as those of many ethnic groups in Yugoslavia.
  • Shay, Anthony (2006). Choreographing Identities: Folk Dance, Ethnicity and Festival in the United States and Canada. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. pp. ix, 12, 19, 39, 97, 121, 162. ISBN 978-0786426003. I am especially grateful to longtime folk dance teacher and choreographer Dick Crum, whose encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk dance is legendary.
  • Laušević, Mirjana (2007). Balkan Fascination: Creating an Alternative Music Culture in America. Oxford University Press. pp. 190–194, et al. ISBN 978-0190269425. Dick Crum was hardly the first to introduce Balkan dances to the folk dance community, but he became the most influential teacher of the kolo repertoire and one of the first researchers to gather his material 'from the source.'