By 1937, the need for a more closely-knit operation had become apparent. What was needed was a headquarters, able to operate nationally. It had been 22 years since the first branches of EFDS were founded. This speaks to the success in the spread of interest in, and participation in, English country dance and Morris since 1915.
By vote of the membership, a national headquarters was established in New York, and Miss May Gadd, who had come from England to become director of the New York Branch in 1927, was appointed first National Director of The English Folk Dance and Song Society of America, as it was called (EFDSSA).