AIFD Newsletter
August 12, 2016
A Summertime Message From Our President, Madeline Brock.

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. If you notice that your partner is hesitant to get into proper dance hold, is holding his or her breath, bolts from the dance floor as soon as the dance is over, or declines to dance with you again, you should recheck your hygiene and attire before coming to dancing:
  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing. Sweaty guy
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • Take a shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use a deodorant.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes. Sweaty woman
  • Don't wear sharp jewelry, particularly rings.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone's clothing or hair.
  • Keep your hands clean. If they get sweaty during dancing, or you’ve been eating snacks, go wash them.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.
CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing
Birthday and Anniversary Celebration!!
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.
Sharon CasteelJeff KesselDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! Sharon Casteel will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing. She will be assisted by Jeff Kessel
Madeline BrockTeaching: This week Madeline Brock will be presenting the dances of Bobbi Gillotti. Bobbi was a beloved member of our folk dance village. She left a legacy of folk dances that are still popular at AIFD today. Madeline’s featured teaching will be Mindrele from Romania. Teaching begins at 7 PM.

Friday, August 12th, 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)

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August is AIFD membership month.
Signing up as an AIFD member helps the group fulfill its insurance coverage requirements. The $10 yearly fee covers the annual insurance premium cost and other AIFD costs not covered by the weekly admission fee.

AIFD members receive the following benefits:
  • a personalized, magnetic name tag;
  • the right to elect AIFD Board members and vote on group decisions;
  • the right to serve on the AIFD Board;
  • the peace of mind that you are supporting one of the most dynamic folk dance groups in the country!
Current members: If you have not already done so, please renew your membership with the group. It is simple: give $10 (cash or check) to the treasurer at dancing with a special note and, if necessary, update your contact information.

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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.
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.)
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, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary.
Contradance 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:

November 4-6: OCIFD 33rd Annual Old Country Weekend
Join the Oklahoma City International Folk Dancers for a lively weekend of teaching, dancing, and live music. See the event flier for full details, including fees, location, and registration info.

Texas Camp 2016!!
Tcamp 2016Texas Camp is coming . If you are a member of TIFD, a registration packet should be arrive in your mail soon. Alternatively, check the TIFD webpage to register online.
Four Balkan Dancers

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