AIFD Newsletter
January 5, 2018
This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists!!!
Sharon CasteelJeff Kessel Join us for a fun evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Teaching: Be sure to come at 7 PM for a great slate of popular dances. Holly Plotner will start the evening with a welcome repeat of two Greek dances introduced in Texas by Joe Graziosi, Bafra Horonu and Hatzisteryios. These popular dances continue to challenge dancers with their distinctive hand movements. Following our trip to Greece, we'll return to the USA for another session of the captivating Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn Dielman.
Holly Plotner Franklin Houston Lisa Horn Dielman

Friday, January 5, 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)


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Thanks to everyone who made the American International Heritage Ball a great success!!!
(Click on image below to see pictures.)
2017 International Heritage Ball

eyes AIFD upcoming events
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Cake January 12: January Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in January, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Couples Dance 101 Series

Feel comfortable and enjoy dancing with a partner!

Starting Friday, January 19, 2018, 7-8pm, our regular teaching will include a 6-week series on dances for couples. Starting with couple-dance basics and continuing with dances such as the Waltz, Polka and Two-Steps. Special dance tips will be included to help you dance with confidence. Lessons are free. Singles and couples are welcome. No partner necessary. For more information email Michel Breger at Flyer.

Starts Friday, January 19th!!
Link of the week:
New Years Day Flashmob.

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:

Jan 19-22: Winter Weekend 2018 in Orlando!!
Straight From Holland Florida Folk Dance Camp Winter Weekend 2018 in Orlando!! Presented by the FLORIDA FOLK DANCE Council, Inc. Tineke van Geel (Armenian) -- Maurits van Geel (Caucasus/Gypsy), Clarion Airport Hotel, 3835 McCoy Road, Orlando, Florida. Registration and information link Registration deadline is January 10.

Wednesday, January 17: Balkan Dance.
Balkan states3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing returns on January 17, 7:15-8:45. This year, more teaching of old favorites!! NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

New Year's Resolutions
- Iram Khan

Just think think think,
Of things you can do,
To make yourself better,
Before the year's through.

Resolutions can be tough,
Or simple as can be,
Making resolutions,
Are great for you and me!

So what will you promise,
To help yourself my dear
Through (insert year),
Have a happy new year!

Four Balkan Dancers
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