AIFD Newsletter
August 31, 2013
This week at dancing
While the cats are away ...
Mice dancing Bring your wish list of dances you've Billwanted 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 Iolaother evenings. Bill Ogilvie will both DJ and teach. Iola Hallock will assist. If we get a nice balance of leads and follows, we’ll even work on swing dance basics. Do you have a specific dance you would like to focus on? Send the name to

Saturday, August 31st
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!
On August 10th 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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eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these AIFD upcoming events

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)

A Special Thanks!!!
Thanks to Misi Tsurikov and Sarah Martinez for their combined creative effort. On August 20th Misi taught 27 dances to music teachers of the Hays County ISD. The six hour professional development event, organized by Sarah, raised $150 for Austin International Folk Dancers

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.
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.

dance circle
Upcoming "other dance" feature:
Dougherty Arts Center
DAC Open House - Looking for dancers! The Doughtery Arts Center is sponsoring an open house on this Saturday, August 31st from 1-4 pm. Brenda Benton, who works at the DAC, is looking for folk dancers who can participate in 30 minute set at the event starting at 1pm. There will be no rehearsals. Just be at Dougherty at 12:30. A few dancers have already committed, but there is a need for more. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda at

Dance video: The Texas Biennial is a juried art show for which various galleries are selected every two years. This year the Dougherty Art Center (DAC) was invited to to participate. Brenda Benton entered the video of the Dance Around the World performance held May 27, 2007 at the DAC. The performance included several members of AIFD and Csardas. The video, coordinated by Jo Soto, includes an Israeli set and an international set. The reception for the Biennial is Thursday, September 5th, from 6-9 pm and is open to the public from 6-9 p.m.
Link of the week: From Franklin Houston: While going through my old Viltis magazines, I found a reference to the Popovich Brothers, a Serbian performing ensemble from Chicago. After searching the Internet, I found the following link to a one-hour documentary on them.
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