AIFD Newsletter
December 1, 2012
This week at dancing
Birthday Party!!!

Celebrate Chuck Chuck RothRoth's 80th Birthday Party with a FREE night of folk and contra dancing. Kaye and Chuck will provide cake, fruit and beverages. No presents, but please bring other snacks to share. Live music for the contra dances and many of the folk dances will be provided by The Home Grown Contra Band and other musicians. The evening will be programmed by Misi Tsurikov. Kathleen McDonagh will kick off the evening with walkthroughs of the some of the dances that will be played during the live music sets.

(Thanks to Jane Steig Parsons for permission to use photo of Chuck Roth.)

7:30-10:45 pm,
Free (usually $5 at the door 17 years & older)
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

Lights, balloons, and decorations!! Our talented vice president, Masha Blokh, is recruiting folks to help setup the lights, balloons (latex free) and other decorations from 7 to 7:30. If you are available to help out, please contact Masha ( / 205-919-8675) or simply show up early.

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Be the Tipping Point

Try to learn a dance you've never done before
by dancing behind the line.

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

Upcoming events

Candle Saturday, December 8th: Enjoy a FREE evening of holiday festivities and dancing at Hancock Rec Center's annual Trail of Lights. Walk the lighted trails on the golf course, enoy some treats, and then enjoy an evening of dancing.

NefeshSaturday, December 15th: Come dance to an evening of live music by Nefesh, a vibrant and rootsy Austin group comprised of: Michelle Alany-Violin/Vocals, Shirley Johnson-Accordion-Vocals, Jesse Berkowitz-Guitar, Evan Wanserski-Cello, Benjamin Alany-Percussion.

Michel Saturday, December 29th, A Night in Old Vienna: This memorable evening of folk dancing will include a New Year's celebration based on the traditions of old and present Vienna. Michel is looking for volunteers to help with the setup and teardown, as well as some special events during the evening. Please email Michel at

See our Complete list of upcoming events.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary 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:

FIDDLISA and friends: "Waltz 'Til You Drop, Part Deux"@Monkey Nest
Enjoy a fun evening of waltz music and dancing with Lisa Schneider and friends on Friday, November 30th, at the Monkey Nest, 5353 Burnet Road. Campbell from Austin Social Dance will kick things off at 8:30 with a dance primer. The wooden dance floor is a little small, but the ambiance is great.

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Another great Texas Camp
- Misi Tsurikov

"Texas Camp 2012 roared through Bruceville last week, with much dance, song, mischief, and camaraderie. This year featured enjoyable dances "mostly from Texas CampBulgaria" taught by the lively and energeticYuliyan Yordanov. (Many of these dances will be taught at AIFD in the next few weeks -- watch for them!) This was also the first Camp where we danced in the gymnasium of the new sports center at Greene Family Camp. Although there were a few hiccups in adjusting to the new space, in the end it seemed to work remarkably well. The approximately 100 attendees were also treated to excellent food by the GFC kitchen staff, the usual complement of great evening dance parties, two "rewind sessions" (Postie's Jig and Mairi's Wedding led by Lisa Smith, and several English country dances led by John Bloom), the ever-popular Bruceville Roadhouse, group sing-alongs, and a heartwarming culture session by Yuliyan. The excellent weather and gorgeous autumn countryside topped off the fabulous weekend."

Link of the week: Where the hell is Matt? - it is nice to dust off this video every now and then.
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