AIFD Newsletter
December 21, 2018
camera old styleThis Friday at dancing:
Jeff DJs, Holly assists.
Group Photo!!!
Holly PlotnerJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday DJ'd by Jeff Kessel. Jeff will be assisted by Holly Plotner. Let’s all wear Christmas colors or other holiday apparel, and we’ll get a new group photo taken. Smile!

Teaching: Holly Plotner will review Sborenka and Shira, two dances taught by Michael Ginsburg at his November workshop. Then she will walk through two Lee Otterholt dances from Texas Camp, Doydi Doydi Libe Le and Ashun Daje Mori.

Elizabeth StehlContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Elizabeth Stehl.

Friday, December 21, 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)

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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.

Jan 1 - Feb 11:
**Four Week Cajun and Zydeco Class**

ZydecoStarting January 11 through February 1, at 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn-Dielman will teach the Cajun and Zydeco dances that were taught at Texas Camp by Michael Seider!! This will be a great time to learn and enjoy these dances if you didn’t attend Texas Camp! More details to come!

Cake Friday, January 18:
January Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in January? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Merry Christmas
From AIFD.

Christmas Holly
Link of the week:

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 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!

Four Balkan Dancers

Check out the photos from the Trail of Lights party!!!
(And here is the link to a bunch of photo albums.)

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