AIFD Newsletter
December 22, 2017
This Friday at dancing:
Madeline DJs, Lila assists.
Madeline BrockLila LuceEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this week DJ'd by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Franklin HoustonTeaching: Franklin Houston will be presenting three couples' dances from this year's Texas Camp - Joc din Gantaga (Transylvanian) with his lovely wife Dena, Flemish Mazurka Mixer (Belgium) with Stephanie Anderson, and Cross-Step Waltz (USA) with Lisa Horn Dielman.
Friday, December 22, 7-9:45 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)

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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Save The Date:
December 29:
American International Heritage Ball.
New Years Eve hat Let's ring in the new year with our American International Heritage Ball. We will celebrate America with the music and dance of its many cultures. We'll kick things off with a Grand March!!! Music will be provided by both La Strada and the Texas Camp Band!!! Your best cultural or formal wear is encouraged, but, of course, not required. The party will go until 11!!!

Kate Tanguis
Kate TanguisWith great sadness we bid farewell to Kate Tanguis. Kate passed away on December 5th at the age of 50 after a long battle with colon cancer. Those of us who danced during the 90's and early 2000s, and especially former AIFD board members who had frequent interactions with the Hancock Rec staff, remember Kate fondly in her role as the HRC director for many years. Her career with Austin Parks and Recreation spanned 25 years, with an extraordinary attention to special needs children. Here is the tribute to Kate.
Link of the week:
Learn the Shag.

Other dance links
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:

Wednesday, December 20: Balkan Dance.
Balkan states3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing returns on December 20, 7:15-8:45. This year, more teaching of old favorites!! NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

Sunday, December 31:
NEW YEAR’S EVE Potluck & Dance in San Marcos!!

Come celebrate the coming of the New Year with a potluck supper and a contra dance!
Potluck: 6:00-7:00pm
Contra Dance: 7:00-10:00pm

Band: THE CONTRAVERTS (Max Cappleman, Pamela Weems and Stewart Rose)
Callers: Lissa Bengtson and Dale Rempert

United Campus Ministry Wesley Center
510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666

$10 / $9 TAADA / $6 students
Please visit for more information.

Drawing of contra dancers

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