AIFD Newsletter
April 22, 2016
This Friday at dancing
Mike DJ's, Dee assists.
Mike ReveszDee McCandlessEnjoy a lively and fun evening of folk dancing with DJ Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Teaching: Come at 7 p.m. for one last SAFDF-themed newcomers' session by Misi Tsurikov.Misi Next week we'll have something different! For the featured teaching, Holly Plotner will teach Čestata, a dance from northeast Bulgaria presented by Yves Moreau at SAFDF 2016. Then, look for David Liang's review of Sardana Curta, the dance from Spain that he taught us last week.

Friday, April 22nd, 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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Friday, May 6th: Children's Hour.
Dancing ChildrenJoin us for a special event in which we try to herd the kids into folk dancing! During an extended newcomers’ session from 7 to 8, we’ll teach a number of fun and exciting dances fit for children. So bring your kids—little kids and big kids—they get to dance for free every Friday evening!

Friday, May 13th: Elections and May Birthday.
CakeBallot boxIt’s that time of year to elect the AIFD Board. We’ll host the elections after announcements at Friday night dancing. Also, if you or a fellow folk dancer has a birthday or anniversary in May, come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Friday, May 20th: No dancing - floor refinishing.
Under constructionHancock Recreation Center will be closed for floor maintenance, so we will not be meeting at our usual location this week. Keep your eyes and ears open at dancing for a possible alternative meeting location.

Friday, June 3rd: Live Music with Homegrown!
Enjoy a fun evening of dancing featuring live international folk and contra music by Homegrown! This band originated at the 2004 Home Grown Contra BandTexas Camp to provide live music for contras. Eventually, the Austin members of that band formed a group to play contra (and later international) music for contra and folk dance events. Homegrown musicians include 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).
Link of the week:
"Leah's Waltz" to Ashokan Farewell.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
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.
AIFD's live music compensation policy.
AIFD Youtube channel. (Old channel - can't be updated.)
Other groups: (complete list)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
4/13 Jam led by Mark Gilston
4/20 Slow jam led by Holly Plotner
4/27 Dance party
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-8, Newcomers' hour. 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:
Saturday April 23rd, 11am-10pm: SWAMP THING!!
Get ready for another day full of Cajun, Zydeco and Funk bands and dancing and lots of great food at this year's SWAMP THING at the Austin American Statesman lot on Congress Ave. Tickets start at $20.


AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about Hancock.
AIFD in PARD video
Many of you may recall when a person from the City of Austin's television channel, ATXN, came to AIFD dancing on PARD logoFebruary 19 to do a story about Hancock. The video he produced is terrific and is now available on YouTube at The segment about AIFD starts at minute 8, or use this link (it's queued to the start of the segment). The video features great shots of AIFD in action as well as a touching and insightful interview with Franklin and Dena Houston. Enjoy.
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