AIFD Newsletter
December 1, 2017
Announcement hornJust so you know:
AIFD will be meeting every Friday
during the month of December!

Candle Light TrailThis Friday at dancing:
Candle Light Trail!!!
Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.
Join AIFD for a FREE evening of dancing at this year's Candle Light Trail. Candle Light Trail is when Parks and Recreation lines the trails of the golf course and the area around the rec center with thousands of candles. People walk Holly Plotner Kathleen McDonaghthe trails then come inside for snacks and drinks, and a visit with Santa. The evening is also an opportunity for us to introduce new folks to the fun of folk dancing. The evening will be free, and will also include a performance by the local Hungarian performing group Csardas. Our DJ will by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. Holly's program will highlight dances learned at last weekend's Texas Camp. During the evening several AIFD members will conduct walk-throughs.
Friday, December 1, 7-9:45 pm. FREE!!.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.

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Cake December 8: December Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in September, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

New Years Eve hat Save The Date:
December 29:
American International Heritage Ball.

Details forthcoming. Hint: It will be a special night!!!

Texas Camp 2017!!!

Texas Camp 2017
Check out the photo album of this year's Texas Camp. More pictures will be added, so check back frequently.
Link of the week:
Texas Camp Floor Setup - time lapse!

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
AIFD Code of Conduct.
AIFD upcoming events.
World's words - updated by Misi.
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.
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Most Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. This year, more teaching of old favorites. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
Austin Barn Dancers
Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm, Hancock Rec Center.
Enjoy this American dance form. All dances taught and called. Music provided by LOCO (Local On-Call Orchestra) - an open band, where anyone is welcome to come and play. Contact Dale Rempert at or visit for more information.
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
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Sunday, December 17: Wassail 2017!!!
Wassail 2017Please join us for Wassail 2017, a fantastic evening of music, song, stories, puppets, magic, and mummers… and this year we celebrate the Czech heritage of Texas!
2:30 PM – a short version just for children.
5:30 PM – for children and families.
Full details and ticket information.

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
- William Shakespeare.

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most freindship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
That does not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As a friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
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