AIFD Newsletter
November 17, 2012
This week at dancing
Madeline Iola This week the graceful and creative Madeline Brock will DJ a delightful evening of dancing, assisted by our own AIFD president Iola Hallock.

Holly Join us at 7:30 p.m. when we lead off our evening with some great teaching by Holly Plotner. Holly will walk through some Greek dances, including a simple Pontic dance Tiz Omal, and review Russian circle dance Devichya Khorovodnaya (a graceful dance sure to be featured at Texas Camp).
7:30-10:45 pm,
$5 at the door 17 years or older (free if 16 or under)
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

Thanksgiving weekend: In support of Texas Camp, there will be no dancing at Hancock Rec Center on Saturday, November 24th. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Be the Tipping Point

Attend the concert on a Friday or Sunday,
rather than Saturday.

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

Texas Camp Texas Camp Dance floor: An important part of Texas Camp is setting up TIFD's world reknowned dance floor the weekend before. Whether you are registered for camp or not, helping to set up the floor is a great source of exercise and fresh air. Click here for more details and information.

Texas Camp Come celebrate Chuck Roth's 80th Birthday Party with a FREE night of folk and contra dancing on Saturday, December 1st at HRC. Kaye and Chuck will provide cake, fruit and beverages. No presents, but please bring other snacks to share.

Live music for the contra dances and many of the folk dances will be provided by The Home Grown Contra Band and other musicians.

See our Complete list of upcoming events, including:
Sat, Dec 8: Hancock Holiday Open House - Trail of Lights.
Sat, Dec 15: Nefesh plays at Folk Dancing.
Sat, Dec 29: NYE Ball - a night in Old Vienna.
Mon, Dec 31: Folk Dance in downtown Austin.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
"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 and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance Next event, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:

Austin's own Annoying Instruments Orchestra (AIO) will play carnival music (and possibly wear carnival outfits) at IKEA in Round Rock this Friday, November. 16th from 5 to 7:30pm as part of IKEA's "Soft Toy Cirkus". This free event will take place in the Self-Serv Warehouse. A soft toy donation is suggested. For more information, check out IKEA's website.

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Link of the week: Obama victory dance. At the risk of appearing partisan, I found this video very amusing.
Lee Elementary Performance

AIFD would like to thank Misi Tsurikov for coordinating the Lee Elementary Geography Day performance on November 9th. Thanks also to the dancers who participated thus making the show a success. Dancers included: Joy Diamond, Franklin Houston, Iola Hallock, Holly Plotner, Judit Gy├Ârgyey Ries and Misi Tsurikov. Below is Misi's write up about this fruitful event.

Dear friends,

I'd like to thank all of you for participating in the AIFD mini-show of Greek dances at Lee Elementary. It was obvious that the kids were engaged and interested in everything we did, and that they found it beautiful. The excitement in the room was palpable. And there's no greater reward for a dance teacher than seeing the students try out the dances on their own, without prompting or mandate. As you no doubt saw, that happened after our audience-participation number -- a small group of kids gathered in a circle and tried to dance Tsamiko on their own.

We did many great things through that show. I found the entire experience tremendously rewarding, and I hope you did too.

Thanks again,
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