AIFD Newsletter
December 11, 2015
This Friday at dancing
CakeDecember Birthday / Anniversary Celebration!!
Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.
Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonagh Do you have a December birthday or anniversary? Do you know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to be serenaded and enjoy some delicious cake! This lively event will be DJ'd by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. Holly's program will feature dances from Texas Camp.
Stephanie AndersonTeaching: Come and enjoy one more "Fall Into Scandi" newcomers' session by Stephanie Anderson, featuring the conclusion of Rorospols.

Friday, December 11th
7-9:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Next Week - December 18th: Julfest!!
Spinning snowflake candle Join AIFD for a wintry Scandinavian celebration of the holidays! For this special event we will have extended hours: 7pm to 10:45. Get ready to twirl, spin and hop to elegant dances from our Fall Into Scandi teaching. We’ll also feature a jolly suite of international favorites to keep your feet warm. Live music will be provided by Austin Scandi, Women Singing, Tre Jenter, and the Texas Camp Band! Please feel free to bring some food to share at our smorgasbord table. This will be AIFD's final event for 2015 as HRC will be closed on December 25th and January 1st.

December 25th or January 1st:
AIFD will not meet at Hancock Rec Center on December 25th or January 1st. However, please join us at Michel Breger's house on New Year's Day from 4-8pm to inaugurate his new wooden Michel_BregerLa Stradafloor. Live music will be provided by the lively and talented La Strada. Michel's traditional lentil soup (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) will be provided. You are invited to bring some finger food or just yourself. More details, including a map, will follow.
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Link of the week:
Folk dance - Aplotaria, Chios December 2013

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.
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.
December 2: Singing, led by Stephanie Anderson.
December 9: Open mic and jam session.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-8, HRC, backroom, free.
Currently: Invirtita from Calata, taught by Franklin Houston and Holly Plotner. Invirtita is a beautiful, intricate Romanian couple dance from Transylvania. 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
Upcoming "other dance" features:

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Reoccuring events tied to other dance groups have now been placed under the corresponding listings on the left column.

Sunday, December 20th: Wassail Austin.
Wassail 2015Please join us our 13th Solstice Christmas celebration. Expect a feast of seasonal entertainment from our troupe of intrepid actors, magicians, dancers, musicians and poets. The big show happens at 5:30 pm, with a 40 minute kids show at 2:30 pm. Scottish Rite Theater. For full details, including how to purchase tickets, check out the Wassail 2015 Facebook page or the event page. This year's event will benefit the kids in the Darfur region of the Sudan - via the Kids for Kids charity.

Report From The Road.
John ScalesFolk Dance Brunswick, Brunswick, Maine. Our own John Scales ventured to the northeast in October and attended a Friday dance session with this group. He calls it a "friendly folkdance group in the northeast corner of the country".

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