AIFD Newsletter
December 14, 2018
CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Denise assists.
December Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday DJ'd by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Denise Fynmore. Do you or someone you know have a birthday or anniversary in December? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Holly PlotnerTeaching: Holly Plotner will review the Michael Ginsburg dances that she introduced the week before camp and then walk through a couple of camp dances.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.

Friday, December 14, 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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Check out the photos from last week's Trail of Lights!!!
(And here is the link to a bunch of photo albums.)

eyes AIFD upcoming events
(See complete list)

camera old style December 21: Group Photo Holiday Colors!
Let’s all wear Christmas colors or some type of holiday apparel, and we’ll get a new group photo taken. Smile!

New Years Eve hat December 28: New Year's Party!!
This is our last dance of 2018! Let’s make it a good one! The Texas Camp Band, with a few surprises thrown in, will provide LIVE MUSIC for the evening.

Support AIFD - Become a member!
For more information, contact Michel Breger, membership coordinator, or check out the AIFD membership page or simply print and complete the membership form.

Texas Camp 2018 Photos!!
AIFD is assembing a photo album from Texas Camp, 2018. If you have any pictures that you would like us to add, Texas Camp 2018please forward them (or links to them) to and we'll be glad to upload them. Do you have albums on Instagram, Facebook, or other social media you would like us to share in the newsletter? Please send email those links as well. Links must be publicly accessible.
Link of the week:
The Wassailling Dance.

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'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.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
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:

Wednesday, December 12: 2nd Wednesday Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi DancersAll instruments and dancers welcome. 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Saturday, December 15th: Austin 3rd Saturday Contra Dance.
Inspired Movement Studio, 2311 South Congress Ave. LIVE MUSIC: The Contraverts; Max Cappleman (fiddle), Stewart Rose (guitar) and Pamela Weems (keyboard). CALLING: Ann Jenneman. $10 | $8 for TAADA Members | $5 for Students. More info at

Sunday, December 16th: Wassail 2018
Please join us for Wassail 2018, a fantastic evening of music, song, stories, puppets, magic, and mummers!

Wassail 2018

2:30 PM – a short version just for children
5:30 PM – big show for all
Scottish Rite Community & Children’s Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin, TX 78701. Full details and tickets.

Wednesday, December 19th:
Holiday Balkan Dance Party!!!

Balkan Holiday PartyBob Leibman, Holly Plotner, and Franklin Houston invite you to join them for a Holiday Balkan Dance Party, including Live Music and Refreshments!!! See their flyer for full details. 7:15-8:45 PM, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No charge! Great teaching!
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