December 29, 2012
This week at dancing
A Night in Old Vienna New Year's Ball
Join AIFD for an elegant and memorable evening of folk dancing based on the Ball traditions of Old Vienna.
Live music for many of the dances will be provided by Kolorash and the Home Grown Contra Band.
AIFD is providing light snacks and refreshments. Feel free to bring snacks of your choice to add to the table-o-plenty.
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. Come dressed in modern finery, folk costume or simply as you are. Here is the link to the event flier. aifd.cc/events/Vienna_ball.pdf
Saturday, December 29
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)
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Be the Tipping Point
Make dancing a part of your life for the new year.
Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"
Looking for a NYE activity?
ANY 2013 - Austin New Years Celebration, 2013 was organized in part by our own Genevieve Kent, who is now the social media coordinator for Austin History, Arts, and Nature division.
The festivities will take place at Auditorium Shores Town Lake Metropolitan Park (where the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan is) and will include performances on several stages.
The History, Arts and Nature Division's Performing Arts stage will include some well known faces:
5:00pm - VaNa MaZi
5:20pm - Anthony Ortiz
6:00pm - The Flying Balalaika Brothers
6:40pm - The Carver Museum African Dance & Drum Class
7:00pm - Austin Chinese Arts Association
7:40pm - Shirley Johnson
8:00pm - Son Armado
9:00pm - Rockin' Gospel Project
For more details, check out the event's Facebook page.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Pictures from Kabile, Nov 3, 2012.
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
Multicultural Dance Next event, Monday, Jan 14, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
This week's "other dance" feature:
Have you checked out Rainey Street recently? This historic district just south of Cesar Chavez and east of Red River has been transformed into a great music destination. In 2011 the NYT printed a a nice article about this uniquely Austin neighborhood.
If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Happy New Year
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year."