July 14, 2012
This week at dancing
Genevieve Kent will take a break from her busy swing dance schedule to program a great evening of dancing.
Imagine a countryside taverna, sip some ouzo,* and join the line as Kathleen leads walk-throughs of Greek and Macedonian dances. You might say, "Never on a Sunday," but this is Saturday. So, don't stay home and be miser(lou)-able but meet us at 7:30. Opa!
*Ouzo not included.
$5 at the door 17 years or older (free if 16 or under)
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)
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A few years ago Richard Powers, the social dance instructor at Stanford University, wrote a great piece, "Sketchy Guys", about inappropriate behavior at dance events. While it was mainly written for the growing couples dance events at Stanford, it really applies to any social dance. "Sketchy Guys" describes traits that can adversely affect a social dance event. Examples include: being physically or emotionally rough; correcting your partner; and using a dance event to try to pick up people. It is a fun, simple guide for making social dance events more enjoyable for everyone. Enjoy.
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DAC performance, July 26th
Other dance links and events
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Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance at HRC.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
This week's "other dance" feature:
Houston International Folk Dancers
If your travel plans ever have you in Houston on a Friday or Monday night, make sure to check out the Houston International Folk Dancers (HIFD).
We bid a fond farewell to Peter Coltman, who passed away on July 3rd. Peter, his wife, Felicity, and their 4 children were one of the early folk dance families that helped build and promote folk dancing in Austin. Peter also interacted with folk dancers as part of his interests and passions outside of folk dancing. David Houston (Franklin Houston's father) worked closely with Peter when they were members of the American Institute of Planners. They also shared a common interest in environmental concerns. David described Peter as "One of the most gracious and genuine people you ever met. What you saw is what you got, and what you saw was beautiful."
A very nice obituary was published in the Statesman on July 8th.
Link of the week:
If I ever learn the Collegiate Shag well enough to teach it, I absolutely will want to teach it the way Arthur Murray did in 1937. - Bill Ogilvie