AIFD Newsletter
March 2, 2018
Couples Dance 101 Series Graduation Party!!!
Couples Dance 101 2018 Graduation Party.
(Click on image for full size picture.)
We concluded the six-week Couple's 101 class with a graduation party last Friday. Music was provided by Paul Morrissett and Don Weeda with help from Anne Alexander and Kathleen McDonaugh. The music was great! Paul, let us know when you are coming to town again!

Thanks to Michel Breger, Stephanie Anderson, and Madeline Brock for the fantastic teaching that made this series such a success.

This Friday at dancing:
John DJ's. Lila assists.
John ScalesLila LuceEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ'd by John Scales. John will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Franklin HoustonTeaching: Franklin Houston will present a collection of popular circle and line dances. They will include Makazice, Bela Rada, Ajnzerica, and Sardana. Come polish your styling or learn them for the first time!

Friday, March 2, 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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FREE Beginner Folk Dance Class!!
Tuesdays, through March 13, 6:45-7:45.

Sharon CasteelJoin our teaching director, Sharon Casteel, as she leads a 6 week Beginner Folk Dance class at the Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyala Lane in Austin (map). Sharon has taught Setnja, Lesnoto, Raca, Ajde Jano, and Gori More, which are reviewed each week. Some dances she may teach in the future are Corlu Aroman, Cocek, Yaylalar, and Ma Na'avu. Feel free to join the class anytime. Flier.

Cake March 9: March Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in March, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

March 16: No Dancing at HRC.
In honor of the 60th annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, AIFD will not be meeting this week.
Link of the week:
Makazice and Bela Rada.

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
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:

March 9-14: Pre SAFDF events!!
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalThe week prior to the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival will be filled with a variety of fun and interesting workshops and events. These include a Set For Spring English Country Dance workshop, a Canary Island Dance Workshop - Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Canary Islanders to San Antonio; a Fun Arts Day; and a Hawaiian luau. For details check out the SAFDF Schedule Page.

March 15-18: 60th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF)!!!
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival Registration is now open for 60th annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival! Featured teachers include: Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), and Campbell Miller (Social and American Vintage).

Blast From The Past.
Austin Balkan Singers Early 60s.
Thanks to Dena Houston for providing this great picture of the Balkan Singers performing at Maggie Mae's on 6th street in the early 1980s. From left to right: Joy Diamond, Dena Houston, and Sarah Gowin. Click on the picture to see full size.
Want to see more pictures? Check out AIFD's album page
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