AIFD Newsletter
April 6, 2013
This week at dancing
Enjoy a fun evening of

rapid fire request dancing

DJ'd by Bill Ogilvie. Bill promises to play everything added to the request list by 9pm.

Kathleen McDonagh Teaching: Kathleen McDonagh will be on hand for newcomer's class.

Later in the eveningMisi Misi Tsurikov will review Mascaţii, the dance he taught last week. Introduced by Sonia and Cristian at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival last month, Mascaţii is an ancient pagan New Year's dance used to scare away the old year.

(The pagan new year is also the start of Spring, get it?)

Saturday, April 6th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Be the Tipping Point

You're never too old to learn a new dance.

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these upcoming events

Late April or early May - Golden Oldies Party!!
Franklin Enjoy a fun evening with the great dance classics introduced by teachers who really helped inspire folk dancing. Franklin Houston will dig into his wealth of knowledge and experience to create a delightful program that we will publish in the newsletter and on ahead of time so that you’ll be ready to hit the floor dancing. Stay tuned for the exact date.

May 18 - AIFD Elections!!
Ballot boxDuring announcements (9:30) we will hold elections for the AIFD board of directors. Want to know more about board positions or are you interested in running? Contact a board member.

Complete list of upcoming events.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Pictures from Kabile, Nov 3, 2012.
Pictures from Chuck's 80th Birthday Celebration
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
Multi-Culti Couple Dance Next event, Friday, May 31, 2013, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature(s):
Shen Yun Performing Arts
The internationally renown Chinese music and dance group Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the Long Center April 11-13th. Find out more and purchase tickets at
Austin Scandi Dancers
Scandi is Growing!!
Austin Scandinavian Dancing's new teaching and programming schedule is paying off. More people are learning these great dance styles. They meet every Wednesday, and their second Friday event is next week (4/12) at HRC. Check them out.

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2010

Still an irritating wind;
Vestiges of stubborn grey –
Jibing us of recent winter blight.

It’s coming though – like perky breasts
Pushing through a blouse –
Teasing, pleasing in it’s tantalising play:

Warmth of youth in April sun –
Simmering off depression,
Brains retuned; remapped for fun.

April is a portal –
Smoothly transitions
Delicate dispositions – suchlike mine,

Easing hunched bodies into
Summery smiles.

Link of the week: Houston folk dancers performing Bulgarian dances at last month's SAFDF festival. Go Houston.
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