AIFD Newsletter
December 22, 2012
This week at dancing
Texas Camp Review Night!!

Misi Lila Programming:
Enjoy a fun evening of dancing this Saturday DJ'd by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Lila Luce.


You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. . .
Contra and Dumbek and Schottische and Balkan . . .
But do you recall . . .
The camp dances taught in the fall?

Please join our reindeer games as we highlight dances taught at Texas Camp 2012. Kathleen McDonagh will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a quick review of Shirto and Snoshti Vecher Rade. Then, Misi Tsurikov will teach Ripni Kalinke, featuring (and named for) a popular song from the Rhodopes. For our intermediate teaching, Holly Plotner will introduce Ravno Oro, a Serbian take on a Macedonian dance. So, dash away all to AIFD for a great night of dancing!

Saturday, December 22
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 years & older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Be the Tipping Point

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Upcoming events

A Night in Old Vienna New Year's Ball
Dec 29, 2012~ 7:30pm-10:45pm
Hancock Rec Center
811 41st St

Join AIFD for an elegant and memorable evening of folk dancing based on the Ball traditions of Old Vienna. Couple dancing

Live music for many of the dances will be provided by Kolorash and the Home Grown Contra Band.

The evening will officially kick off with a Grand March at 8pm, followed by dance suites from a number of different countries.

You do not have to wear an Imperial dress uniform or a 19th century ball gown. You are welcome to dress up in modern finery, folk costume or come simply as you are. Here is the link to the event flier.

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:

Csardas performs at Trail of Lights

CsardasThe Trail of Lights has returned to Zilker Park this holiday season. And, as in years past, the festivities include a performance by Csardas. This year's performance will be on Friday, December 21st, from 8-8:30 . The stage is towards the end of the trail, so give yourself plenty of time to park and stroll the trail. The trail includes over 30 festive displays and food vendors. For more information about the Trail of LIghts, check out

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Bob Madrulli

Bob MadrulliIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Madrulli. Bob left us on Saturday, December 15th, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. Bob and his wife Trudy were long time AIFD and TIFD members. Bob was always cheerful and fun to be around. In addition to dancing, Bob was involved in behind the scenes efforts to support the groups, including (but not limited to) serving on the TIFD and AIFD boards, the initial construction of the Texas Camp dance floor, and the annual set up and tear down of the floor for camp. For those who help with set up and tear down at Hancock Recreation Center on Saturday nights, Bob built the upper cabinet that sits on top of the main cabinet in the HRC utility room. Trudy and several of their children were with Bob when he passed away. According to Trudy, "Bob was enjoying dance music to the end."

An obituary for Bob includes a link to add comments and pictures.

Christmas candle Christmas tree Link of the week:
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Cannon

wishing everyone a joyous and safe holiday.
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