AIFD Newsletter
December 15, 2012
This week at dancing


Enjoy great live music this week at dancing as Nefesh plays several of our favorite dances. Nefesh is a vibrant and rootsy Austin group comprised of: Michelle Alany-Violin/Vocals, Shirley Johnson-HollyAccordion-Vocals, Jesse Berkowitz-Guitar, Evan Wanserski-Cello, Benjamin Alany-Percussion.

Between the live music sets, Holly Plotner, Kathleen McDonaghassisted by Genevieve Kent, will DJ a great evening of dancing, highlighting dances learned from Yulian Yordanov at Texas Camp. Kathleen McDonagh will be on hand at the beginning of the evening to teach dances, including two from camp: Shirto and Snoshti Vecher Rade.

Saturday, December 15
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 years & older.
A tip jar will be available for the band.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Be the Tipping Point

As you dance, try not to watch your feet (we promise they'll still be there).

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

Upcoming events

Saturday, December 29th
Night in Old Vienna
This memorable evening ofCouple dancing folk dancing will include a New Year's celebration based on the Ball traditions of old and present Vienna. Live music for many of the dances will be provided by Kolorash and the Home Grown Contra Band. The evening will also feature dance suites from a number of different countries. No, you do not have to wear the old Imperial dress dance circleuniform or the 19th century ball gown; come anyway you like.

If you can help with the setup and special events throughout the evening, please contact Michel at

See our Complete list of upcoming events.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Pictures from Chuck's 80th Birthday Celebration
"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 and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance Next event, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature: Wassail 2012

Wassail 2012 This mixture of Solstice/Christmas Fun is both a fundraiser and "A fast-moving variety show with moms dancing, a mummers play, poetry, magic, storytelling, and song". Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30 pm, Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. $15 for adults, $5 children 12 and under. For more information check out Wassail 2012.

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
Act II, Scene 7 from As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1600)

SBlowing Wind Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember’d not.
Heigh-ho! sing,..

Link of the week: In honor of the Wassail celebration, "Gloucestershire Wassail" by Traveler's Dream.
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