AIFD Newsletter
August 24, 2018
This Friday at dancing:
Franklin and John Scales DJ, Charlotte assists.
John Scales Charlotte Harris Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Franklin Houston and John Scales. they will be assisted by Charlotte Harris.

Franklin HoustonTeaching: Franklin Houston will reprise two dances that people are always asking him to teach right after they've been done at dancing on Friday. They both have distinctive styling and some tricky footwork that make them challenging, but fun. Franklin will start off with Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia, which is a region of Spain. He will follow that with Juta, a Vlach dance from eastern Serbia near the border with Romania. (For more details about this teaching, check out "Links of the week" below.)

Friday, August 24, 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)
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Back to school Friday, September 7:
End of Summer / Back to School Party / Children's Night!!

Whichever one you are celebrating (or maybe you are not), come to folk dancing! Some of our friends will be coming back from a summer away. Also, we encourage parents and grandparents to bring their children and grandchildren -- the youngsters will have more fun if there are more dancers their age. This children's night is an event we want to promote several times a year.

Cake Friday, September 14:
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!

Four Balkan Dancers
Links of the week:
From Franklin Houston (related to this week's teaching): this first link is of people in Barcelona doing Sardana. It appears to be the most traditional of the videos on YouTube that I looked at. This second link is of Vlach people doing Juta. Some of the steps they do are different from what dancers in the U.S. have learned, but the styling is, of course, right on. The steps that I will teach are shown in this third link. The fourth step is a little different from what I teach because it has various ways of being done, as annotated by the person who researched the dance in Serbia.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
Summer, 2018: a note from your AIFD president.
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
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Not meeting in July and August. Will resume in September.
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:

Wednesdays, August 8th & 22nd: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi DancersAll instruments and dancers welcome. 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

November 22-25: Texas Camp 2018!!
Registration now open for Texas Camp, 2018.
Texas Camp 2018

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Code of Conduct

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