AIFD Newsletter
December 2, 2016
Candle Light TrailCandleThis Friday at dancing
Candle Light Trail (FREE)
John DJs, Kathleen assists.
John Scales Join AIFD and Austin Parks and Rec for the 2016 Holiday Candle Light Trail celebration! Walk among thousands of luminarias that will line the trails of the golf course, then come inside for some hot chocolate, cookies, and lots of great folk dancing. Look for teaching and Kathleen McDonaghwalkthroughs of our fun, crowd-pleasing dances. You will also be treated to a performance by the Csardas Hungarian Dancers! This event will be FREE, so be sure to invite your friends. The candle light trail opens at 6:30.John Scales will DJ this fun evening. He will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh

MadelineTeaching: SANTA’S TEACHING ELVES are coming to AIFD! In celebration of Hancock Recreation Center’s Holiday Candle Trail Open House, Rikki Nicolaewe will have a special teaching program to welcome all of Santa’s visitors (young and old alike). Santa’s Elf Kathleen McDonagh will teach children’s dances and Elf Rikki Nicolae will teach Turkish dances from Texas Camp. Elf Madeline Brock and Elf Michel Breger will also delight us with their wonderful teaching. Michel_BregerTeaching will be interspersed with our regular evening dances so that everyone will have lots of “dancing fun”. Please come welcome newcomers and enjoy an evening with some of your favorite dances to “dance the night away”.

Friday, December 2, 7-9:45 pm (Candle Light Trail opens at 6:30)
FREE Admission - Candle Light Trail.

Under 18 must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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CakeFriday, December 9th: December Birthday & Anniversary Celebration.
Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in December? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Friday, December 23rd: No dancing at Hancock.
Hancock Rec Center will be closed in advance of Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 30th: New Year's Eve's Eve Ball.
AIOJoin AIFD as we bid farewell to a lustrous year and celebrate the blessed beginning of another in our annual holiday ball, featuring special extended hours: 7 to 10:30pm. We'll gather around the hearth, adorned in all the costumes, finery, and noisemakers our hearts desire, and dance to exciting live music from AIO! AIFD will provide drinks; please feel free to bring victuals and refreshments to share.

New Years Eve

Congratulations to the Texas International Folk Dancers on another successful Texas Camp!!!

Texas Camp 2016
Link of the week:
Carol of the Bells dance.

Other dance links
AIFD:(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. (Old channel - can't be updated.)
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
1st Wed: singing; 2nd & 5th Wed: music jams; 3rd Wed: slow music jam; 4th Wed: dance - often with live music (no partner necessary).
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
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
Texas International Folk Dancers
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

December 21: 3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance.
Join Bob Leibman, Holly Plotner, and Franklin Houston for their 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45 pm, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. For more information, contact Bob Leibman at or 512-420-0219.

Texas Camp 2016 Memories.

Texas Camp vikings

Two hardy vikings, king Genevive and queen Jay, who travelled on their long boat all the way from the old country of Austin to conquer .. err .. attend Texas camp.

Those on Facebook have already seen boatloads of great pictures from Texas Camp. As public albums become available, we'll make sure to add links to future newsletters.
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