AIFD Newsletter
February 16, 2018
Valentine treeValentine treeThis Friday at dancing:
Valentine's Rewind Party!!
Sharon DJs, Kathleen assists.
Couples Dance 101 week 5!!
Sharon CasteelKathleen McDonaghValentine's Rewind: Let’s commemorate the ups and downs of Valentines past by dressing quaintly and getting sentimental on the dance floor! Sharon Casteel will DJ this lively event. Sharon will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Teaching: Couples Dance 101 week 5 - Madeline Brock, Stephanie Anderson and Michel Breger will introduce buzz-step turning and the Schottische. We will also review the previously taught couple dances (such as the Waltz and Polka) through easy fun mixers.
Madeline Stephanie Anderson Michel_Breger

Friday, February 16, 7-9:45 pm.
Teaching session is free.
Then 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.

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Couples Dance 101 Series

Feel comfortable and enjoy dancing with a partner!

Until February 23, our regular teaching will focus 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.

Friday, February 23: Graduation party with Live Music!!!
Paul MorrissettDon WeedaCelebrate the Graduation of the 2018 Couples 101 Class with live music provided by Don Weeda and Grammy Award Winner Paul Morrissett. They will play music for the dances that we're taught in the class, as well as our usual International and Scandi favorites!

Tuesdays, through March 13, 6:45-7:45 FREE Beginner Folk Dance Class!!
Sharon CasteelJoin our teaching director, Sharon Casteel, as she leads a 6 week Beginner Folk Dance class at the Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyala Lane in Austin (map). This free class is the result of Dottie Jordan and other Austin Rec Centers showing an interest in AIFD activities at Hancock Rec Center. Flier.

Link of the week:
Anniversary Schottische.

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.
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:

Saturday, February 17: Slavic Marti Gras!!
Slavic Marti GrasEnjoy Maslenitsa .. the rich Slavic carnval traditions!!! Maslenitsa or Pancake week is a Slavic folk holiday which has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. Festival conceived at the initiative of the Russian-based Forum of Slavic Cultures. Numerous countries enjoy a pancake blowout on Fat Tuesday, but no culture fries up a storm quite like the Slavic, whose ‘butter week’ before Lent involves bumper quantities of bliny. Slavic Marti Gras is looking for volunteers!!! To see how you can help out, check out the event webpage. Texas Music Ranch, 5220 FM 973, Austin.

March 9-14: Pre SAFDF events!!
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalThe week prior to the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival will be filled with a variety of fun and interesting workshops and events. These include a Set For Spring English Country Dance workshop, a Canary Island Dance Workshop - Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Canary Islanders to San Antonio; a Fun Arts Day; and a Hawaiian luau. For details check out the SAFDF Schedule Page.

March 15-18: 60th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF)!!!
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival Registration is now open for 60th annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival! Featured teachers include: Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), and Campbell Miller (Social and American Vintage).

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