AIFD Newsletter
October 19, 2018
CakeCake This Friday at dancing:
October Birthdays and Anniversaries!!!
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.
Sharon CasteelJeff KesselJoin us this Friday for a lively evening of folk dancing. Our DJ will be Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jeff Kessel. This week we'll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in October with song, dance, and cake.

Elsa Y. NelliganTeaching: Join us for a continuation of some lively teaching of Evangelina, a dance from Mexico. Elsa Y. Nelligan from Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl will be our special guest instructor.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.
Friday, October 19, 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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Spider Web Friday, October 26:
Halloween Party!!

Wear a folk costume, a scary costume, or come as yourself! We’ll have treats for you, too! LIVE MUSIC will be provided by AIO!! More details to come!

Trumpet Friday, November 9:
The Texas Camp Band!!

Our annual tradition of having the Texas Camp Band come and play for us prior to Texas Camp, which will be two weeks later.

Cake Friday, November 16:
November Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in November? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

November 22-25: TEXAS CAMP:
We hope to see you there. We won't be meeting at HRC on Friday, November 23rd.

AIFD White Board Replacement Debut
This week we will debut the display of the playlist on a wireless TV screen, which will sit on the mantle above the fireplace. The screen will display the dance name, country, and type (line, couple, etc.). The dance playing will be highlighted, and it will also display several upcoming dances. Sharon Casteel is doing the first pilot at dancing THIS WEEK, October 19. We plan to run the pilot for a few weeks to get feedback from programmers, assistants and dancers as to its usefulness. We will then determine whether it will continue.
Link of the week:

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
Summer, 2018: a note from your AIFD president.
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

To Autumn by William Blake

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

'The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

'The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.'
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

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

Wednesdays, October 10th & 23th: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi DancersAll instruments and dancers welcome. 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Wednesday, October 17th: 3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance.
Balkan states 7:15-8:45 PM, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No charge! Great teaching!

Saturday, October 20th: More Oktoberfest!!!
Join fellow AIFD dancers and friends to visit an Octoberfestauthentic Texas-German Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 20 (12 - 6pm) at the great Anhalt Dance Hall, 2390 Anhalt Rd., Spring Branch, TX (Northwest of New Braunfels). More details can be found at The food, music and dancing there have always been wonderful!

Please let Michel ( or Stephanie ( know if you are joining us. Some of us will meet at the Anhalt Dance Hall at 1 pm to enjoy the Texas-German pot-roast and sausage lunch. We may also want to share rides (as drivers or passengers).

*** "Other dance" features continued from above ***

October 26-28: Fireant Frolic!!
Fireantfrolic Contra Weekend The Fire Ant Frolic Weekend will be held October 26-28 at the Austin Sports Center South, 425 Woodward Street in South Austin. Details available at

*** Saturday morning will include two dance workshops, waltz and schottische taught by Nick and Melissa Enge (who assisted Richard Powers at last year's Texas Camp.***

Sunday, October 28: 5th Annual Polkapocalypse!
Polkapocalypse The FIFTH First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is once again upon us! Four awesome Polka bands will rock the boots off your lederhosen with a crazy mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, Gypsy, and Norteno sounds! NOON - 5:30 PM, Elisabet Ney Museum. Free admission.

November 2-4: OKCIFD Old Country Weekend!!
OKCIFDThis year, the OKCIFD Old Country Weekend is being held on Nov 2-4 at Cross Point Camp on Lake Texoma in Oklahoma. We are featuring Yves Moreau, a fabulous dance instructor from Montreal who is a world renowned expert on Bulgarian and Balkan folk dances. We will also have the pleasure of having Don Weeda and Anne Alexander, our favorite live musicians from Austin! Join us!!!. Registration.

November 22-25: Texas Camp 2018!!
Registration now open for Texas Camp, 2018.

Texas Camp 2018
Ocober 1st: Bobbie Gillotti scholarship application.
November 1st: Registration deadline with no late fee.
November 8th: Absolute last day to register (with $25 late fee).
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