AIFD Newsletter
August 23, 2019
This Friday at dancing:
Lisa DJs, Kathleen assists.
Lisa DielmanKathleen McDonagh Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Lisa Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Madeline BrockTeaching: Madeline Brock will kick off the evening with some newcomers dances. Later, in addition to being this week's assistant, Kathleen McDonagh will review Siriysko Horo.
Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Marc Airhart. Marc began contra dancing in 1996 and, under the mentorship of local caller and dance choreographer William Watson, Marc began calling dances around 1998. Over the years, he has called for dances in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, College Station, San Marcos and Oklahoma City.

Friday, August 23, 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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NEXT WEEK!!! Friday, August 30:

(Yes, that's the second live music night this month!!!)


HOMEGROWN was originally formed in 2004 to play contra music at the Texas Folk Dance Camp. Since all of the band’s musicians had expertise playing international folk dance music as well as contra music, the band’s focus gradually shifted to being an international folk dance band.

Currently, the band is composed of the following members: Anne Alexander (fiddle, pennywhistle, saz, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, vocals), Dena Houston (guitar, percussion), Franklin Houston (accordion, trumpet, flute) and Holly Plotner (fiddle, percussion, vocals).

Cake Friday, September 13:
September Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in September? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Link of the week:
Snowball's dance moves..

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's photo albums.
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
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
Hajnalcsillag - Hungarian Folk Dance Group.
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
Austin Balkan Singers
Israeli Dancing at Body Business Fitness (New location), 2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin. Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm (Beginners: 7-8pm).
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Austin Scandi Dancers Wednesday, August 28:
4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!

7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Sunday, August 25:
San Marcos 4th Sunday Contra Dance!!

@ United Campus Ministry Wesley Center, 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Sunday, August 25, 1:30 - 4:30 pm.
CALLER: Lorraine Puckhaber.
BAND: The Castoffs with John Ivy and Ken Appelt.
$10 | $9 for TAADA Members | $6 for Students.
Visit for more information.

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