AIFD Newsletter
July 15, 2016
Dr. Janice Mendelson
Janice MendelsonOne of the great things about dance communities is that they bring together people from very disparate backgrounds. We lost a great example of this on June 25th with the passing of Dr. Janice Mendelson. Janice's passion for dancing was contagious and inspiring, and led to the founding of the Internatonal Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. But beyond dancing, Janice was a window to a world few could imagine. The daughter of an army surgeon, Janice herself became a surgeon who worked in MASH units in Vietnam. She wrote many acclaimed articles for medical journals and invented medications for burn patients. A memorial service for Janice will take place on Sunday, July 17th, from 4-8pm at the Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest Drive, in San Antonio. She will be interred at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery 9:30 am Monday July 18. Special thanks to Lissa Bengston for providing the updates to the dance community.
This Friday at dancing
Holly DJs, Celsa assists.
Holly PlotnerCelsa SanchezEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.

Lisa Horn DielmanTeaching: Lisa Horn Dielman takes us back to Romania with her teaching of Alunelul, Rustemul, and Cimpoi. These dances are AIFD favorites. They are lively with very exciting foot stomping music. Bun venit la dansurile din România!

dance circlePictures from AIFD's 2016 Independence Day Party, July 1.
Friday, July 15th, 7-9:45 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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Friday, August 5th: Disney Costume Party!!
Let’s have a ball evoking the magical, Captain HookCinderellafolksy storytelling of Disney movies! Whether you’re a Peter Pan, Esmeralda, Simba, or Lilo, come merrily dance the night away in the bedazzling halls of Hancock. What’s more, the members of Slavadillo will prepare and present a special, sumptuous suite of live music!

Friday, August 12th: Birthday and Anniversary Celebration!!
CakeDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

SAFDF 2016: video is online. Find it here.
SAFDF 2016
Thanks to Misi Tsurikov for posting the video
and sending the link.
Link of the week:
22nd Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
AIFD Code of Conduct.
AIFD upcoming events.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
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. (Old channel - can't be updated.)
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary.
Contradance Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-8, Newcomers' hour. HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
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
Texas International Folk Dancers
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "other dance" features:

Sat/Sun, July 30th-31st: Balkan Folks 2016!!
"BalFolk" is a participatory music & dance idiom which is on a kind of rising tide of revival and young energy in Europe, Balkan Folks 2016especially in France, Germany, The Low Countries, England, Italy, and Spain. There is some visibility for this music & dance in the USA but not much. The Vernacular Music Center at Texas Tech University and the Roots Music Institute are bringing instrumental music instructors (from California) and dance teachers (from France) for classes, workshops on Saturday and Sunday July 30th/31st, and a public dance on Saturday, July 30th. Full details. Registration. (Thanks to Yoshimi Masuo for forwarding the info.)
Four Balkan Dancers

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