AIFD Newsletter
February 2, 2013
This week at dancing

FranklinJohn ScalesProgramming: Enjoy a great evening of dancing DJ'd by Franklin Houston, assisted by John Scales. Franklin will be featuring an eclectic assortment of your favorite dances that were introduced or revisited this last year, such as Gori More, Dajcovo Horo and the Swedish Schottische.

Bob_Leibman Teaching: Dance review night by the Bobs: Arrive early to enjoy Bob Leibman's review of the delightful Aegean Macedonian dances he taught last week: Raiko and Sofka.

Bob GompfLater in the evening Bob Gompf will review the Radomirska Racenica, the bouncy and energetic fantastic Bulgarian dance he taught on January 12th. Radomirska Racenica is often danced in belt hold, some bring an additional belt besides what you use to hold up your breeches.

Saturday, February 2
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Saturday, February 16 - I_heart_dancing party
I heart dancing - AIFD's take on a Valentine's Party.

Saturday, March 9 - Time Warp Party!!
Celebrate Daylight Savings.

Friday - Sunday, March 15-17 - SAFDF.
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalSan Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF). Romanian, Mexican, and English Country dances will be featured at this year's San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. To learn more and register for this event, check out . In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not meet at Hancock Rec Center on Saturday, March 16th.

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Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
Wednesday, 2/6: Introductory teaching -- schottis, reinlender, vals, polka, snoa and hambo. Many of these are commonly danced on Saturday night at AIFD. If you're new to Scandinavian dancing, we will focus on basic skills and easier dances. Bring a friend or come by yourself
Multicultural Dance Next event, Friday, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature(s):

Mid Winter Festival AFTM Mid Winter Festval, Saturday, February 2nd, 1 to 10pm, at the Dougherty Arts Center. $20 ($15 for AFTM members) at the door or online. Lots of great performances and workshops, including a folk dance workshop by our own Genevieve Kent, with music by Kolorash, at 3:30.
Day of dance Free Day of Dance, Saturday afternoon, February 2nd. Get a taste of the great dance classes offered by dance studios throughout Austin.
Thanks to Campbell Miller for the great cross step waltz class at her Where's Waltzo event last Monday.

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Sofka na tatko
Bob_Leibman Thanks to Bob Leibman for his great introduction of the Aegean Macedonian dances Raiko and Sofka last Saturday. Bob has provided a translation of the song used for Sofka, as well as a link to video of people and costumes associated with this fun dance.

Stani, kje ojme, Sofke, na tatko, na grada Gumenica, (2X)
Oh, aman, aman, Sofke na tatko, na grada Gumenica. (2X)
Get up. We’ll go to the town of Gumenica.

Na grada Gumenica, Sofke na tatko, ikimdzhijata (2x)
Oh, aman, aman, Sofke na tatko, na Gono Rusino. (2X)
To the town of Gumenica, to the doctor, to Gono Rusino

On da ni kazhe, Sofke na tatko, shto ti e bolkata (2x)
Oh, aman, aman, Sofke na tatko, shto ti e bolkata. (2X)
That he may tell us what ails you.

Kazhi ni, kazhi, Gonche na bajo, Sofkinata bolka? (2X)
Oh, aman, aman, Sofke na tatko, Sofkinata bolka? (2X)
Tell us, Gonche, Sofka’s ailment.

Sofkinata bolka, mile baj Dine, moma ima dete! (2X)
Oh, aman, aman, mile baj Dine, moma ima dete! (2X)
Sofka’s ailment, my dear Sir Dino, the girl is with child.

Link of the week: Richard Powers leading a Cross Step Waltz. See for his waltz workshop in Austin on 4/13 & 14 .
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