AIFD Newsletter
February 22, 2019
CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.
February Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in February? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Lisa Horn Dielman and Franklin Houston will host the third of four 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk Franklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielmandancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point. Lisa and Franklin will review all of the dances from the first two weeks. After that, they will do a review of the dances taught in their four-week Cajun and Zydeco class. For everyone who needed just a little more practice, this is for you!

Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Marc Airhart.

Friday, February 22, 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)

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Feb 8 - Mar 1: 4 week beginner / refresher class.
Madeline BrockBeginning February 8th and lasting through March 1st, Madeline Brock will kick off each Friday with a 30 minute class designed for newcomers to folk dancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. Madeline is a talented and engaging teacher, so if you have friends who have been wanting to check out folk dancing but have been hesitant, this is the class for them.

Mardi Gras Hat Friday, March 8: Mardi Gras Party!!
Come party with us! We will do some Cajun and Zydeco dancing and “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” More details to come.

March 14 - 17:
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival!!!

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival
Details and Registration

Reminder: In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not be meeting at Hancock Rec Center on Friday, March 15th.
Cake Friday, March 22:
March Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in March? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

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Link of the week:
La danse de Mardi Gras.

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'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.
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:

Wednesday, 27: 4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi Dancers7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.
January 23rd: All instruments and dancers welcome.

Sunday, February 24:
4th Sunday Contra Dance.

1:30 - 4:30, 7pm - 10pm, United Campus Ministry Wesley Center, 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. LIVE MUSIC: The Contraverts; Max Cappleman (fiddle), Pamela Weems (piano) and Stewart Rose (guitar) CALLING: TBA. $10 | $9 for TAADA Members | $6 for Students. More info at

Sunday, March 3rd: Slavic Marti Gras!
2-7pm, at Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX, 78617. Hosted by Flying Balalaika Brothers!!! For more details, check out the event webpage. Want to be part of this event as a sponsor, vendor, or helper? Contact
Four Balkan Dancers

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