AIFD Newsletter
January 20, 2017
This Friday at dancing
John DJs, David assists.
John ScalesDavid LiangEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by John Scales. John will be assisted by David Liang.

Teaching: Stephanie Anderson will present two fabulous dances from Norway and Sweden. These are two of the dances Stephanie Andersontaught by Roo Lester at Texas Camp 2016. Stephanie will begin the evening with Telegangar for 3. Her featured teaching will be Finnskogspols. Come with the sparkle of the Northern Lights in your eyes and Scandinavia in your heart. As always, teaching begins at 7 PM.

Friday, January 20, 7-9:45 pm.
The 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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March 17-19: 2017 San Antonio Folk Dance Festival!!!
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival The 59th annual SAFDF is coming! Featured teachers: Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish dances), Miroslav "Bata" Marcetic (Serbian dances), and Andy Taylor-Blenis (Scottish, international, and children's dances). Registration is now open at Reminder that in support of the festival, AIFD will not meet on Friday, March 17th


Farewell and best of luck to Adam Blatner.
Adam Blatner Our dear friend and long time folk dancer Adam Blatner is moving to California permanently to be closer to his family. "I danced for a short while in AIFD '84-5, then returned in '94 and have been dancing since. Many scores of thousands of dances! In truth, this has been one of the high points of my life! I will miss everyone, but I'm growing a little feeble and my wife and I need to be with my kids in mid-California---San Luis Obispo, not far from the sea, half-way between LA and San Francisco. Thank you all for being so wonderful! Warmly, Adam Blatner."

Want to know more about Adam, check out his site FOLK DANCING AS SOUL CELEBRATION.
Link of the week:

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
dance circle
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Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Starting January 18: 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. Free!!! For more information, contact Bob Leibman at or 512-420-0219.

A Blast From The Past.
"Getting Folksie" .. Robert Sampson and others performing at a folk dance workshop as part of Aquafest many moons ago. Aquafest was an annual celebration of the highland lakes in and around Austin. It ran from 1962 to 1998 and included a wide variety of events. AIFD, Csardas, and other dance groups were frequent participants. To see see a full size and readable image of the article, click here.

Thanks to Dena Houston for keeping this gem in her archives and sharing it with the community.
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