AIFD Newsletter
June 15, 2018
Tips for new, and not so new, dancers
from your president.
Denise Fynmore My goal for all dancers on Friday nights is for them to spend as much time as possible doing the dances they enjoy. I want to give you a few tips here that may help you do that.

(1) Come at 7:00 for the teaching whenever possible.
(2) When you learn a dance you like, also learn the name of the dance. Write it down if necessary.
(3) Over the following weeks, request that dance by writing it on the request list on the music table.
(4) If you see a dance being done that you like, but don't know it, ask someone or find the name on the board, then you can request that it be taught! There are now two forms at the music table:. One to request dances to be done that night and one to request dances to be taught.

We WANT you to request dances!! The programmers can't read your mind, so let them know what you want. Yes, I know the dance names are difficult(!), but the names of the dances done each week are written on the board, so write them down or take a photo of the board. I have recently started including the names of dances taught the previous week in the newsletter, along with VIDEOS of them when available. This gives you the opportunity to review and practice at home. A website,, has the history, dance notes, and videos of almost every dance I've ever heard of, so you can look them up at home if you want to review or learn dances
This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, David assists.
Sharon Casteel David LiangJoin us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by David Liang.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will teach Krivo Ihtimansko Horo ("Crooked Dance from Ihtiman"), a mixed rhythm dance from Bulgaria introduced by Yves Moreau.

Friday, June 15, 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)
AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.

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Flag and fireworks July 6: Red, White, and Blue 6th of July Party!!!
Come and join us for a Red, White, and Blue party being held on the 6th of July. Bringing red, white and blue snacks as well as dressing in red, white and blue is, of course, optional, but fun!!

Cake July 13: July Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in July, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Dances taught last week:
With video: Sborinka.

Something to sayHave something you'd like to see in the AIFD newsletter? Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to announce, a poem you'd like to share, a dance experience you think other dancers would enjoy? Feel free to submit it to the AIFD newsletter and we'll see if we can fit it in.
Link of the week:
La Bastringue - French Canada.

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 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
2nd and 4th 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, 7:30-9:30
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

Four Balkan Dancers
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Wednesdays, June 13th & 27th: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi DancersAll instruments and dancers welcome. 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Wednesday, June 20th: 3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance.
Balkan states 7:15-8:45 PM, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge! Great teaching!

Saturday, June 30th, 2:30pm:
Memorial Service for David Houston.

A memorial service for David Houston will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 2:30 PM at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive, in Austin. You can read a nice tribute to David here.

Upcoming Contra events:
Saturday, June 16, 7pm - 10pm

@ Inspired Movement Studio
2311 South Congress Ave
LIVE MUSIC BY: Rock Prairie Ramblers
FEATURING: John Ivy (fiddle), Brian Shaw (mandolin and banjo), Ken Appelt (guitar) and Matt DelCiampo (percussion) CALLING BY: Marc Airhart
$10 | $8 for TAADA Members | $5 for Students

Sunday, June 24, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

@ United Campus Ministry Wesley Center
510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666
BAND: The Contraverts
FEATURING: Max Cappleman (fiddle), Stewart Rose (guitar) and Pamela Weems (keyboard) CALLER: Ann Jenneman
Lovely dance hall, worth the drive. Live music. Lots of fun.
$10 / $9 TAADA / $6 students

Save the date for a “JULY MINI-WEEKEND”
Saturday, July 21 in Austin, Sunday, July 22 in San Marcos

One English Country Dance and two Contras
From Dallas…
Martha Quigley calling, Ray Quigley (fiddle) and Allison Hicks (keyboard) playing

Visit for more information on Contra and ECD in the Austin area.
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