AIFD Newsletter
April 13, 2018
AIFD Board Elections Coming in May!!!
Ballot box Although a number of current Board members are willing to continue to serve, AIFD is always looking for people who are interested in serving the group as an officer or as a volunteer for the many tasks required for AIFD's activities. The Board encourages all members to learn the responsibility of each officer and then offer to either run for the Board or volunteer to help the Board in other ways. Please talk with any Board Member for more information.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Dee assists.
April Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Holly PlotnerDee McCandlessEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ'd by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Dee McCandless. This week we'll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in April with song, dance, and cake.
Teaching: Franklin Houston will again start the evening with Kacerac from Serbia. He'll review theFranklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielman styling and variations from last week. We'll then return to the USA for the Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin and Lisa Horn Dielman. Plan on having even more time to practice the steps that you've already learned, with perhaps a woman's turn thrown in!

Friday, April 13, 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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April 20: Live Music Night!!!
Enjoy a night of live music by members of AIO and La Strada as they play your favorite scandi and international tunes. More details forthcoming.

Cake May 11: May Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in May, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Home Grown Contra Band May 18: Live Music with Homegrown!
Enjoy an evening of live music from Homegrown! More details to come.

New Free 6-Week Folk Dance Class!!
Tuesdays, starting April 3 through May 8, 7-7:50.

Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreJoin our teaching director, Sharon Casteel, and president, Denise Fynmore, and others when they kick off another six week folk dance class at the Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyala Lane in Austin (map). No experience or partners necessary. Email if questions. Flier.
Link of the week:
Dutch dancing..

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:

April 22: Lélek Banda at Texas Music Festival!!!
Lelek BandaEnjoy the music of a new traditional Hungarian music ensemble, Lélek Banda, Sunday, April 22 at Central Market N. Lamar. First set 11:45am - 12pm, Second set 1pm - 1:15pm. Featuring: Calist Friedman, fiddle, Yoshimi Masuo, fiddle & vocals, Yosuke Kimura, brácsa, Don Weeda, accordion, Genevieve Kent, bass & vocals.

April 29: Women Singing at Texas Music Festival!!!
Women Singing will be performing at the Texas Community Music Festival Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 and 3:45 pm at Central Market. Women Singing: Anne Alexander, Charlotte Harris, Holly Plotner, Dee McCandless, Kathleen McDonagh, and Joane Rylander.


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