AIFD Newsletter
April 20, 2018
AIFD Board Elections on May 11!!!
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.

AIO La StradaThis Friday at dancing:
Live Music Night!!!
Mike DJs, Mark assists.
Mike ReveszA bunch of folk musicians from AIO and La Strada are teaming up for a unique night of live music!Mark Edwards Anne Alexander, Jeff Kessel, Yosuke Kimura, Yoshimi Masuo, Dee McCandless, Holly Plotner, Mark Gilston, and Don Weeda will play a delightful selection of Scandi and international tunes for your dancing pleasure. Our DJ for this lively evening will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Mark Edwards.
Kathleen McDonaghMichel_BregerTeaching: Get ready for a live-ly night of dancing! Join us at 7 p.m. as Kathleen McDonagh teaches dances featured in the evening’s live sets. Later Michel Breger will teach Vrapcheto, an old Bulgarian favorite of AIFD.

Friday, April 20, 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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May 11: May Birthday & Anniversaries, plus AIFD Elections!!!
CakeBallot box 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! We'll will also hold elections for the AIFD Board of Directors.

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

Free 6-Week Beginner Class
continues on Tuesdays 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.

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Link of the week:

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, 7:30-9:30
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
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Sunday, 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.

Friday, April 27, 7pm-1:30 am: World Music at the Sahara Lounge.
AtashJoin us at the wonderful Sahara Lounge on 4/27. Atash and the Flying Balalika Brothers. It's going to be a fantastic night of world music and dance! Only $10. Djembabes 7pm, Tarik Hassan 8:30pm, Atash 10pm to 11:30pm, FBB 12pm to 1:30am

Saturday, April 28, 3:30-10:30 pm: Polish Fandango.
Polish FandangoInternational Folk Culture Center is proud to sponsor a Polish Fandango in honor of San Antonio's 300th birthday. Join Brian Marshall and his Tex-Slavic Playboys for an afternoon and evening of Polish music and dance. For more details, check out the event page on eventbrite.

Sunday, 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.

Four Balkan Dancers

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