AIFD Newsletter
December 28, 2018
BalloonsNew Years Eve hatThis Friday at dancing:
New Year's Eve Party!!!
Trumpet Help ring in the New Year a couple of days early!!! This is our last dance of 2018! Let’s make it a good one! The Texas Camp Band, with a few surprises thrown in, will provide LIVE MUSIC for the evening. There will be No Teaching so that we can start out at 7:00 in party mode!!

Friday, December 28, 7-9:45 pm.
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.

Four Balkan Dancers

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Group Photo!
AIFD Group Photo December 2018
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's AIFD Group Photo!!! (Click in picture to see full sixe image).

eyes AIFD upcoming events
(See complete list)

Jan 11 - Feb 1:
**Four Week Cajun and Zydeco Class**

ZydecoStarting January 11 through February 1, at 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn-Dielman will teach the Cajun and Zydeco dances that were taught at Texas Camp by Michael Seider!! This will be a great time to learn and enjoy these dances if you didn’t attend Texas Camp! More details to come!

Cake Friday, January 18:
January Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in January? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!
Link of the week:
NYE Flash Mob.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
Summer, 2018: a note from your AIFD president.
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's photo albums.
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
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
2nd and 4th 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, 7:30-9:30
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:

Monday, December 31st:
VIshudolskaia at the Russian House New Years Eve!!!

Vishudolskaia Collective will unveil it's new dance party line up on New Years Eve at Russian House. Come out and dance: folksy line dance? Gotcha. Swingyswing things? Got'em! Four on the floor? Yes! And some 7s and 11s, just for fun. Russian House of Austin 307 E 5th St, Austin, Texas 78701. More details here

Happy Kwanzaa - From AIFD.

Happy New Year
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year."
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