AIFD Newsletter
April 7, 2017
From The AIFD President:
On Friday, March 31, 2017, a special meeting was held to consider proposed amendments to AIFD's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. I am pleased to report that the amendments were overwhelmingly approved by our membership. As a result, our operations and structure will better align with our current practices and also with state and federal requirements that govern our activities. Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

Slavadillo55th Anniversary Celebration!!!
Live Music!!!
Free & Dancing til 10:45!!!
Franklin DJs, Dee assists.
Franklin HoustonIn honor of Austin International Folk Dancers’ fifty-fifth year, this week we’re throwing a grand party and everyone’sDee McCandless invited—old and new dancers alike! There’ll be food and drink aplenty, special souvenirs for AIFD members, and live music of a folk persuasion performed by none other than Slavadillo! This celebration will be FREE, and we'll dance for an additional hour, until 10:45pm!!! Our DJ for this fun event will be Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Dee McCandless.

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"We'd like all the members to wear their new AIFD T-shirts to this event!" - Madeline Brock, AIFD President.

Teaching: There will be no teaching this week at AIFD. Come at 7 to begin our fabulous 55th Anniversary celebration.

Friday, April 7, 7-10:45 pm.
FREE!! (regularly $5 18 and over).

Those under 18,
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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55 years ago:
Idlewilde 1962
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This photo was taken 55 years ago at the 1962 annual folk dance camp at Camp Idlewilde in Comfort, Texas. Franklin and Dee (this week's DJ and assistant) are highlighted with the red arrows.
Thanks to Dena Houston for providing the picture and the verbiage.

Five years ago:
AIFD 50th Anniversary celebration
Gathering at AIFD's 50th anniversary. Click picture to enlarge.

A Blast From Someone Else's Past.
How to teach a folk dance

A close friend back east sent me folk dance teaching notes from around 1960. It gives a nice sense of the efforts to introduce folk dancing to a wider audience. Click here or on the picture to see the full document. - Bill Ogilvie (editor).
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
Bob Leibman's Birthday!!
Bob_LeibmanAll are invited to Bob Leibman's 75th birthday party on Sunday, April 9 from 4 to 10 PM or so, at 6000 Mount Bonnell Cove. Home phone 512-420-0218 and email

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