AIFD Newsletter
April 21, 2017
This Friday at dancing:
Live music by Women Singing!!!
Sharon DJs, Lila assists.
Sharon CasteelLila LuceJoin us for a lively evening of folk dancing as we welcome Women Singing (Anne Alexander, Dee McCandless, Kathleen McDonagh, Holly Plotner, and Joane Rylander) to AIFD to perform a set of fantastic folk songs! Our DJ will be Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Holly PlotnerTeaching: This week, Holly Plotner will be teaching dances from the 2017 San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. This will be a great opportunity to review the dances you learned if you attended the festival and to learn some dances if you were unable to attend. Teaching begins at 7.

Friday, April 21, 7-9:45 pm.
The 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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Possible new sign in process at HRC.
As many folks have heard, Austin Parks and Recreation (PARD) is developing a new system to better track usage of PARD facilities. To date the process has not been finalized. As AIFD receives more information, it will be distributed at dancing as well as via the newsletter,, and the AIFD FB pages.


eyes AIFD upcoming events
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Friday, May 12: Elections and May Birthdays.
CakeBallot box Come to folk dancing to vote for the 2017-18 AIFD Board! We’ll also celebrate our fellow dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in May.

Under construction Friday, May 19: No Dancing - HRC closed.
Hancock Rec Center will be closed for maintenance.
Link of the week:
Accent: music and dance of the Georgia Sea Islands (1962)
- What was on TV 55 years ago.

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)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
1st Wed: Singing at Stephanie’s house;
2nd Wed: Music Jam, HRC;
4th Wed: Music jam or dance review, HRC;
Last/5th Wed: Dance - often with live music, HRC;
No partners necessary for dance.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
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
Texas International Folk Dancers
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Wednesday, April 19: Balkan Dance.
Balkan statesJoin 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing,
7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center,
2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

Sunday, April 30: Women Singing.
Balkan statesWomen Singing (Anne Alexander, Dee McCandless, Kathleen McDonagh, Holly Plotner, and Joane Rylander) will be performing at 1:15 and 2:30 PM at Central Market as part of the Texas Community Music Festival. Come say hi, enjoy the music, and perhaps even dance a little!

Congratulations to AIFD on the celebration of its 55th anniversary last week.
In attendance were some familiar faces who were folk dancing in Austin or San Antonio 55 years ago: From left to right: John Ramage, Dena Houston, Dee McCandless, Chuck Roth, Brenda Benton, and Franklin Houston. AIFD 55th Anniversary
Click on picture for a larger image. Thanks to Bill Christensen for providing the picture and to Franklin Houston for editing it.

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