AIFD Newsletter
August 5, 2016
A Summertime Message From Our President, Madeline Brock.

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. If you notice that your partner is hesitant to get into proper dance hold, is holding his or her breath, bolts from the dance floor as soon as the dance is over, or declines to dance with you again, you should recheck your hygiene and attire before coming to dancing:
  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing. Sweaty guy
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • Take a shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use a deodorant.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes. Sweaty woman
  • Don't wear sharp jewelry, particularly rings.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone's clothing or hair.
  • Keep your hands clean. If they get sweaty during dancing, or you’ve been eating snacks, go wash them.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.
Captain HookCinderellaThis Friday at dancing
Disney Costume Party!!!
Madeline DJs, Celsa assists.
Come help setup!! We're looking for volunteers to help setup for the Disney Party starting at 6:30. No need to contact anyone, just show up if you can.

Let’s have a ball evoking the magical, folksy storytelling of Disney movies! Whether you’re a Peter Pan, Madeline BrockCelsa SanchezEsmeralda, Simba, or Lilo, come merrily dance the night away in the bedazzling halls of Hancock. What’s more, the members of Slavadillo will prepare and present a special, sumptuous suite of live music! Enjoy an extra hour of dancing this week as we wrap up at 10:45, rather than 9:45. This fabulous evening will be DJ'd by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: For our Disney party, the teaching schedule will Micky Mousebe a little different. From 7 to 7:30, Mickey Mouse will be doing some quick run-throughs of popular dances that appeal to new and experienced dancers. The regular teaching program will resume on August 12!

Friday, August 5th, 7-10:45 pm
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older.

There is no fee for those under 18,
but they must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Friday, August 12th: Birthday and Anniversary Celebration!!
CakeDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Note: the live music tribute to Leah Morgan Durrett, scheduled for August 26, has been cancelled.

SlavadilloOur live music this week will be provided by Slavadillo. This group of talented musicians is made up of AIFD regulars, including Don Weeda, Anne Alexander, Kathleen McDonagh, and Mike Revesz. Slavadillo’s repertoire includes many folk dance classics and their music guarantees a fun and lively dance event.

And Speaking
Of Disney ..
Feed The Birds
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls
Come, buy my bags full of crumbs

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds that's what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies...
Link of the week:
Shut Up And Dance With Me a-la Disney.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
AIFD Code of Conduct.
AIFD upcoming events.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
Become a member of AIFD.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
AIFD's live music compensation policy.
AIFD Youtube channel. (Old channel - can't be updated.)
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary.
Contradance Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-8, Newcomers' hour. HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
English Country Dance
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30-10:15
McPhail Dance Studio, 8018 Mesa Drive.
If you are new to ECD or want to review the basics, please arrive before 7:15 to participate in our newcomers’ session. We are also on Facebook
Texas Folklife
Texas International Folk Dancers
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
August is AIFD membership month.
An annual $10 fee from each member is needed to fulfill our insurance obligations, allows you to vote (or run for) AIFD Board positions, and covers costs beyond the weekly door fee.

Current members: If you have not already done so, please renew your membership with the group. It is simple: give $10 (cash or check) to the treasurer at dancing with a special note and, if necessary, update your contact information.

New members: If you have been dancing with us for at least a month, please join us as an official member. New members are provided a magnetized name badge; simply provide us your completed membership form, and $10 (cash or check).

For more information, and to access the membership form, please visit
Four Balkan Dancers

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