AIFD Newsletter
February 21, 2020
Mardi Gras HatThis Friday at dancing:
Mardi Gras Party!!!
Sharon DJs, John assists.
“Laissez les bons temps rouler” Let the good times roll! Review your Cajun and Zydeco moves, along with our regular international folk dancing. Sharon Casteel will DJ this lively event. She will be assisted by John Scales. Live music will be provided by Slavadillo (first half) and Don Weeda & Friends (second half).
Sharon CasteelJohn ScalesSlavadillo

Franklin HoustonLisa DielmanTeaching: Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn will provide a refresher of selected Cajun and Zydeco dances so everyone can really kick up their heels at the party.

Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Marc Airhart.
Friday, February 21, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older.

There is no fee for those under 18. Persons 17 and younger must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

AIFD is fragrance free.

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Cake Friday, March 6:
March Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in March? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!
SAFDF 2020
The 62nd Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, March 13-15, 2020!!!
Dorm rooms and scholarships deadline: Thursday, February 20!
Details and registration at event page.

AIFD will not be meeting at Hancock on Friday, March 13th.

Louisiana’s Zydeco Trail

Zydeco riders
A living history.
Link of the week:
Practice your Zydeco!!!.

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.
Hajnalcsillag - Hungarian Folk Dance Group.
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
Mondays,7:30-9:30, Hancock Rec Center.
Texas Folklife
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Austin Balkan Singers
Israeli Dancing at Body Business Fitness (New location), 2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin. Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm (Beginners: 7-8pm).
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Austin Scandi Dancers Wednesday, February 26:
4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!

7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Saturday, February 29: Slavic Marti Gras!!
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic holiday, that among other things, Slavic Marti Grascelebrates the end of Winter with festivities and fun. All are invited to come to enjoy the rich cultural offerings of this Slavic holiday, where there will be music, food, colorful costumes, games, and more. This event is FREE and family-friendly! Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX, 78748. Full details here.

Contra DancingEnglish Country DancingContras and English Country Dancing (ECD).
Every Monday - English Country Dancing (except Feb 17 - HRC closed).
Every Wednesday: Contra with Austin Barn Dancers (at Hancock).
Sat, Feb 15: No 3rd Saturday Contra Dance.
Sat, Feb 29: Special Dance - CHESTNUTS!!

Full details at

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