AIFD Newsletter
February 23, 2018
Saturday, February 24, from 11:00 to 1:00:
Dottie Jordan Rec Center Open House!!!
DJRC Open House Come celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Dottie Jordan Rec Center. There will be a performance of the Dragon Dance, and also representatives from Dottie Jordan's programs will be available for information. These programs include Austin International Folk Dancers, Ballet Folklorico, Youth Dance, Martial Arts, and Tennis Buddies.Flier.

This Friday at dancing:
Couples Dance 101 Last Class!!!
Graduation Party with Live Music!!!
Holly DJs, Janie Assist.
Come celebrate the last class of our 6 week Couples Dance 101 Series with Live MusicHolly PlotnerJanie Hopkins by Don Weeda and Grammy Award Winner Paul Morrissett. They will play music for the dances that were taught in the class, as well as our usual International and Scandi favorites! Our DJ for this delightful evening will be Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Learn more about this week's musicians:
Paul Morrissett
Paul Morrissett
Don Weeda
Don Weeda

Teaching: Michel Breger and Stephanie Anderson will teach the Texas Michel_BregerStephanie AndersonTwo-Step and the Waltz left turn, with special tips on how to make the turns comfortable and enjoyable. There will also be a review of the buzz-step turn and Schottische.

Friday, February 23, 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)
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FREE Beginner Folk Dance Class!!
Tuesdays, through March 13, 6:45-7:45.

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). Sharon has taught Setnja, Lesnoto, Raca, Ajde Jano, and Gori More, which are reviewed each week. Some dances she may teach in the future are Corlu Aroman, Cocek, Yaylalar, and Ma Na'avu. Feel free to join the class anytime. Flier.

Cake March 9: March Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in March, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

March 16: No Dancing at HRC.
In honor of the 60th annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, AIFD will not be meeting this week.

Sketchy Guys
As you get ready to take your newly acquired couples dance skills into Austin's vibrant dance scene, make sure to check out Richard Powers' primer, Sketchy Guys, about good dance etiquette. Richard Powers was one of the instructors at last year's Texas Camp.
Sketchy Guys
Link of the week:
Ma Na'avu.

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:

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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