AIFD Newsletter
December 29, 2017
This Friday at dancing:
American International Heritage Ball!!!
Let's ring in the new year with our American International Heritage Ball. We will celebrate America with the music and dance of its many cultures.
  • 7 - doors open.
  • 7:30 - Grand March.
  • Formal Waltz.
  • Door gifts for all.
  • Dancing until 10:45!!!
New Years Eve hat
Music will be provided by both La Strada and the Texas Camp Band!!! Your best cultural or formal wear is encouraged, but, of course, not required. Flier.

Friday, December 29, 7-10:45 pm.
The 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)

AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.

Teaching next week: Due to the American International Heritage Ball, there will be no teaching this week. However, be sure to come at 7 PM on January 5 for a great slate of popular dances. Holly Plotner will start the evening with a welcome repeat of two Greek dances introduced in Texas by Joe Graziosi, Bafra Horonu and Hatzisteryios. These popular dances continue to challenge dancers with their distinctive hand movements. Following our trip to Greece, we'll return to the USA for another session of the captivating Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn Dielman.


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Cake January 12: January Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in January, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Couples Dance 101 Series

Feel comfortable and enjoy dancing with a partner!

Starting Friday, January 19, 2018, 7-8pm, our regular teaching will include a 6-week series on dances for couples. Starting with couple-dance basics and continuing with dances such as the Waltz, Polka and Two-Steps. Special dance tips will be included to help you dance with confidence. Lessons are free. “Singles and couples are welcome. No partner necessary. For more information email Michel Breger at Flyer.

Starts Friday, January 19th!!

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."
Link of the week:
VAS Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017 Flashmob.

Other dance links
Contact & Board page)
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 Youtube channel.
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Most 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, 7:30-10:15
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:

Sunday, December 31:
NEW YEAR’S EVE Potluck & Dance in San Marcos!!

Come celebrate the coming of the New Year with a potluck supper and a contra dance!
Potluck: 6:00-7:00pm
Contra Dance: 7:00-10:00pm

Band: THE CONTRAVERTS (Max Cappleman, Pamela Weems and Stewart Rose)
Callers: Lissa Bengtson and Dale Rempert

United Campus Ministry Wesley Center
510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666

$10 / $9 TAADA / $6 students
Please visit for more information.

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