AIFD Newsletter
October 16, 2015
This Friday at dancing
lydia levins Live Music from lydia ievins!!

"..infuses her playing with rhythmic clarity and sensitive phrasing to produce eminently danceable music..." - website

Madeline DJ's, Lila assists.
AIFD is delighted to welcome visiting musician lydia ievins, who will be playing some eminently danceable Scandinavian tunes for us! Madeline BrockLila Lucelydia plays both 5-string fiddle and Swedish nyckelharpa and is also an avid dancer. She recently completed a year long course in Swedish Folk Music in Sweden. Our DJ for this fun evening of dancing will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Teaching: This week we begin our Fall Into Scandi series. Norris and Lane Lane and Norris Foster HarrellFoster Harrell will be teaching a version of Swedish Slängpolska that is done at festivals and dance evenings in Sweden today. Bob_LeibmanThere will be live music for the dance teaching by visiting musician lydia ievins on nyckelharpa. Please come at 7:00 p.m. for the last of Bob Leibman's Balkan Basics newcomers' sessions. HollyThen Holly Plotner will review Ciganskoto Djipaj, the lively Bulgarian dance to awesome Serbian music. Check out the music here and the dance here.

Friday, October 16th
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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Next week!!! October 23rd:
Live Music with Homegrown Contra Band!!

Homegrown Contra Band will be playing two sets of international music and, because no contra band is worth its weight in music stands without it, Home Grown Contra Bandwill play a lively contra called by Kathleen McDonagh. The members of Homegrown Contra Band are Anne Alexander (saz, hurdy gurdy, whistle, fiddle and percussion), Norris Foster Harrell (keyboard and vocals), Holly Plotner (fiddle and vocals), Joane Rylander (mandolin, percussion and vocals), Franklin Houston(trumpet, accordion and Moldvai flute), and Dena Houston (guitar and percussion). For more information about the HGCB and this event, check out the write up by Dena Houston.

November 26-29 Texas Camp 2015!
Texas Camp 2015Registration is now open for Texas Camp, 2015. This year's teachers include Mihai David (Romanian) and Campbell Miller (Social Dances). For full details, registration materials, and loads of other fun stuff, check out the Texas International Folk Dancers website.

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Are you CPR/AED certified?
Safety First! The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located next to the attendant's desk at Hancock. Even if you are not certified to operate the device, Automated External Defibrillatorjust knowing where it is could save a life. If you are certified to operate the AED please let the Board know. The Board will not keep an official list, but would like to know who to turn to in the event of an emergency. Thanks! (more details here.)
Link of the week:
Remarkable dance during a Bulgarian wedding in Vratsa!

Other dance links
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.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam, each Wed, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
AIFD German Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Texas Folklife

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Four Balkan Dancers
Upcoming "other dance" features:
83rd Annual Mediterranean Festival
Friday and Saturday, Oct 16 & 18,

St. Elias Orthodox Church on 11th Street between Red River and Trinity, just east of the Texas State Capitol. Check out their Facebook page for full details.

English Country Dancing (ECD):
2nd & 4th Saturdays, McPhail Dance Studio.

Join us at the McPhail Dance Studio, 8018 Mesa Drive, just south of Spicewood Springs Rd. English Country DancingMoving to McPhail’s gives us more room to dance and a more flexible schedule. If you are new to ECD or want to review the basics, please arrive before 7:15 to participate in our newcomers’ session. Our regular dance program runs from 7:30 - 10:15. You can find info at or on our Facebook page. -Chuck Roth.

Wednesdays: Scandinavian Music Jams and Dance!!
The Austin Scandi Folk Music & Dance community holds FREE weekly jam sessions at the back room of Austin Scandi Dancersthe Hancock Rec Center! A themed session runs from 7:30 to about 8:15, followed by a regular jam. Bring your instrument of choice, or come out and dance to the music! Then once a month the Scandi group will devote the entire evening to dancing. All levels welcome!
October 14: Open mic performances.
October 21: Scandi music jam, led by Holly Plotner. All instruments welcome.
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