AIFD Newsletter
February 15, 2019
Valentine treeThis Friday at dancing:
Valentine's Day Dance!!
Sharon DJs, Denise assists.
Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreCome and celebrate this day (one day late) with your friends at AIFD!! We will have LIVE MUSIC with La Strada (because we LOVE them). We will have lots of kisses -- the chocolate kind! Wearing something RED is optional, but fun! Our DJ for this lively event will be Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.

Madeline BrockTeaching: Madeline Brock will kick off the evening with her second of four 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk dancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point.

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

Friday, February 15, 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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Feb 8 - Mar 1: 4 week beginner / refresher class.
Madeline BrockBeginning February 8th and lasting through March 1st, Madeline Brock will kick off each Friday with a 30 minute class designed for newcomers to folk dancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. Madeline is a talented and engaging teacher, so if you have friends who have been wanting to check out folk dancing but have been hesitant, this is the class for them.

Cake Friday, February 22:
February Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

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

Mardi Gras Hat Friday, March 8: Mardi Gras Party!!
Come party with us! We will do some Cajun and Zydeco dancing and “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” More details to come.

March 14 - 17:
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival!!!

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival
Details and Registration

Reminder: In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not be meeting at Hancock Rec Center on Friday, March 15th.

dance circle
Link of the week:
First-graders perform the Valentines 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'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.
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

I Praise the Dance
- Attributed to St. Augustine, AD 354-430.
(Thanks to RosieLee Salinas for suggesting this.)

I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community.

I praise the dance, which demands everything: health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people, who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.

Dancing demands a whole person, one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life, who is not obsessed by lust for people and things and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.

I praise the dance.

O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you.
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Wednesday, February 13 & 27: 2nd and 4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi Dancers7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.
January 23rd: All instruments and dancers welcome.

Friday, February 15: Vishudolskaia at Cherrywood!!
Vishudolskaia will be playing at Cherrywood Coffee House on Friday, 2/15, from 6pm to 7:30 or 8. It's free and open to the public so c'mon out, grab some dinner or a drink and Vishudolskaiaenjoy the booms and the chicks! This is an outdoor show, so if it's below 60 degrees then there's a possibility it will be cancelled. Please stay updated on their website where you can see a super cute picture of us from our NYE gig. Also, the turf around the stage is made of pebbles and not very conducive to folk dancing, but it is perfect for front-loaders and dump trucks, so if you have kids, make sure to bring those if that is their thing.

Saturday, February 16:

7pm - 10pm, NEW LOCATION: Life in the City, 205 East Monroe Street (off South Congress). LIVE MUSIC: Don’t Messa with Vanessa; Vanessa Gordon (fiddle and piano), Jerry Hagins (banjo) and Tim Keough (guitar). CALLING: Dale Rempert and May Plumb. Visit for more info.

Sunday, February 24:
4th Sunday Contra Dance.

1:30 - 4:30, 7pm - 10pm, United Campus Ministry Wesley Center, 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. LIVE MUSIC: The Contraverts; Max Cappleman (fiddle), Pamela Weems (piano) and Stewart Rose (guitar) CALLING: TBA. $10 | $9 for TAADA Members | $6 for Students. More info at

Sunday, March 3rd: Slavic Marti Gras!
2-7pm, at Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX, 78617. Hosted by Flying Balalaika Brothers!!! For more details, check out the event webpage. Want to be part of this event as a sponsor, vendor, or helper? Contact

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