AIFD Newsletter
August 17, 2013
This week at dancing
DJ Franklin, assisted by Brenda.
Franklin Brenda Benton Enjoy a fun evening of dancing this week as AIFD's Program Director, Franklin Houston, plays many of your old favorites, including "old town" Serbian dances he taught this past week in the newcomers class. He will be assisted by AIFD's Vice-President, Brenda Benton.
Teaching: MisiKathleen McDonagh Misi Tsurikov will lead an enjoyable newcomers' session beginning at 7:30 p.m. Later, Kathleen McDonagh will reprise her teaching of Siriysko Horo. If you missed the teaching earlier this year, here's your chance to learn this addictive dance.

Saturday, August 17th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

Support AIFD-- Become a member!
Last weekend AIFD dancers unanimously voted in favor of a new membership policy. Members are defined as people who have been dancing for one month or more with the group and who pay a membership fee of $10 per year. To become a member, contact Michel Breger ( or approach a Board member during Saturday night dance. Thanks to everyone who showed up to vote. Your support for AIFD was unparalleled!

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Be the Tipping Point

Don't sit home on Saturday night the dancing at Hancock is so cooool!!!!!

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eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these AIFD upcoming events

August 31: While the cats are away ...
Mice dancing Bring your wish list of dances you've wanted to learn and practice to folk dancing on 8/31 (Labor Day Weekend Saturday). Austin’s Hungarian dance group, Csardas, will be performing at Westfest in West, TX. Since Csardas includes several AIFD "regulars", this will be a great evening to focus on dances and dance styles that may not get enough attention on other evenings. Bill Ogilvie will both DJ and teach. If we get a nice balance of leads and follows, we’ll even work on swing dance basics.

September 14: Back to School Open House.
Back to schoolIt is never to early to start talking up our September Open House. Madeline Brock will DJ this very special event. We're going to make a special effort to get a lot of new folks in the door, and give them an experience that will make them want to come back.

(See the complete list of upcoming events)

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Shama Gamkhar, who, along with her husband, was killed in a plane crash in Georgia on August 4th. Shama danced with AIFD in the 1990's and early 2000's.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Be a folk dance ambassador.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
Past AIFD boards - a work in progress.
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed, HRC
Multi-Culti Couple Dance Next event, Friday, August 30, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
Upcoming "other dance" feature:
Dougherty Arts Center
DAC Open House - Looking for dancers! The Doughtery Arts Center is sponsoring an open house on Saturday, August 31st from 1-4 pm. Brenda Benton, who works at the DAC, is looking for folk dancers who can participate in 4 simple dances at the event. There will be no rehearsals. Just let Brenda know if you are interested, then show up and she will play whatever people already know. You can reach Brenda at or talk to her at Saturday night dancing.
Be a folk dance ambassador.
AIFD bus cardAIFD has printed a bunch of business cards. Board members will gladly equip you with your very own stack at Saturday night dancing. Or print out your own.
Link of the week: Lado (Croation).
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