AIFD Newsletter
February 8, 2014
This week at dancing
Groundhog Groundhog Day
(the movie) celebration.
FranklinDoes dancing feel like the same old thing week after week? Franklin Houston will cure that with a special program inspired by the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray relived one day and its familiar, but ever-changing, events over and over again. Dances and tunes will fade away, only to re-emerge in different forms.
Lila Luce Holly Misi
Franklin will be assisted by Lila Luce, Holly Plotner and Misi Tsurikov.
Teaching: Misi Tsurikov will lead a newcomers' session that will match the evening's theme. Later, Holly Plotner will conclude her teaching of Bourrée Pastourelle, the French mixer dance that she introduced last week.

Saturday, February 8th
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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Febuary 15, 'All That We Love' Valentine’s party with live music by La Strada.
Valentine treeJoin us in celebration of the many things we love: earth, sun, friends, family, dancing, music, and the diversity of world culture. La Strada makes their AIFD debut with an evening of folk dance favorites spangled with a few 20th century waltz, tango and swing numbers for your dancing pleasure. Valentine’s inspired treats welcome!

March 8, Steampunk Party.
Steampunk Time Travel in the Folk Dance World. We’ll celebrate the daylight savings time change with futuristic time travel from a 19th century point of view. For this theme think: “The Victorian Era does science fiction.” This is your chance to modify your folk dance costumes in shockingly historically inaccurate ways. For costume ideas, think of examples from these movies, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the television series The Wild Wild West.
>>>More steampunk costume hints<<<
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Planet Music - Huge Success!!
Don WeedaCongratulations to Genevieve Kent and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department for sponsoring a tremendous Eastern European Dance Event last Sunday as part of their Planet Music Series. Eastern European Dance EventMisi Tsurikov led the teaching. He, along with several AIFD regulars, made this a great introduction to folk dancing for members of the community. Fantastic music was provided by some of our favorite groups: Slavadillo and Vani Mazi. Thanks to Lóránt Miklós for the delightful photos. You can see more of Lóránt's pictures at

Other dance links
See our complete list
Be a folk dance ambassador.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
Past AIFD boards - a work in progress.
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

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Upcoming "other dance" features:

Friday, February 7th - HGCB.
Homegrown Contra Band will be the featured band at First Friday Contra on Friday, February 7, 2014. Marc Airhart will be the caller. Please come Home Grown Contra Bandand enjoy the contra evening with the band that is indeed homegrown from the folk dance community. First Friday Contra now meets at Balance Dance Studios, located near 4544 South Lamar Blvd in a business park, which is on the other side of Hwy 290W from the Westgate Shopping Center.

Friday, February 8th - AFTM Mid Winter Festival.
AFTM Mid Winter Festival Austin Friends of Traditional Music 2014 Mid-Winter Festival, February 8th, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. If you like great traditional music by talented local bands, this is the place to be. AFTM is planning a top-notch lineup of bands, many workshops and delicious food. You'll hear a smorgasbord of music from the U.S. and around the world! Doors open at 12:30. Admission: $25, $20 AFTM member, 12 and under free.

Friday - Sunday, March 14-16 - SAFDF.
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalRegistration is now open for the 56th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF). See their website for full details.
(Note: In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not meet at Hancock Rec Center on Saturday, March 15th.)

Link of the week: Groundhog Day Dance.
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