AIFD Newsletter
April 27, 2018
AIFD Board Elections on May 11!!!
Ballot box A special meeting will be held on May 11 during dancing to elect AIFD Board members for the coming year. AIFD is always looking for people who are interested in serving the group as an officer or as a volunteer for specific AIFD activities. A list of nominees to date will be listed in next week's newsletter.

This Friday at dancing:
Madeline DJs, Kathleen assists.
Madeline BrockKathleen McDonagh Enjoy a lively evening of All Request dancing. Our DJ this week, Madeline Brock, will try to play whatever is on the request list! Madeline will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. During the evening we will be serenaded by Women Singing: Anne Alexander, Charlotte Harris, Holly Plotner, Dee McCandless, Kathleen McDonagh, and Joane Rylander.

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Teaching: This week and next Robert Sampson will teach the lively Israeli couplesRobert Sampson dance Atzay Hatsaftsafot. This fun dance includes several couples turns, so make sure to were shoes that slide smoothly on the dance floor.

Friday, April 27, 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.

Dances taught last week & videos of the dances:
Ajde Jano
Kor Csardas
Link of the week:
Atzay Hatsaftsafot.

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:

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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