AIFD Newsletter
July 17, 2020
zoomThis Friday's AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, July 17, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to prior to noon on Thursday, July 16.

Get To know your dance leaders:
Denise Fynmore.

Denise FynmoreI moved to Berkeley CA in 1973 and went to work at UC Berkeley as a secretary. There I met three graduate students that happened to be dancers with the Westwind Folk Dance performing group! They urged me to try folk dancing, and after seeing one of their performances, I decided to go to Ashkenaz on a Saturday night for beginner lessons. I was hooked from the first night, and before long I was also dancing on Tuesdays at Ashkenaz, Wednesdays at Mandela in San Francisco, and Fridays at International House on the Berkeley campus. I was a single parent of a three year old girl, Jessica, and I took her with me with a sleeping bag so she could sleep in the back while I danced..

When I moved to Norman OK in 1978, I started dancing with the O.U. Folk Dancers while studying at the University of Oklahoma. I taught a lot of dances I’d learned in California, and before long was elected President. Oh, I also got my Masters degree, married, and had a son, Christopher, in 1983.

In 1984, our family of four moved to Austin, but it was difficult for me to make time for dancing, and it was 1996 (and after a divorce) when I got back to dancing at AIFD. I loved it, loved Texas Camp and served a couple of terms as Vice President. In 2002 I left Austin to move back to Berkeley and married Bill, who I’d met back in 1975 (long story for another time), and in 2015 we moved back to Austin. I got right back to AIFD where I have had a great time dancing, served three years as President, and have been broken-hearted by the lack of any in-person dancing during the current pandemic. My hope is that we can somehow get back to that, the sooner the better!

Denise Fynmore

Link of the week:
Quarantine Fling.

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City of Austin Update:

July 9, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe signed County Judge Order 2020-14; Relating to the COVID-19 Community Restrictions. Effective as of 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July COA logo11, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020 unless extended. This Order:
  • Continues the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Travis County.
  • Prohibits any gatherings that exceed 10 people, except as permitted by the Governor’s Proclamation and Orders.
  • Requires every person in Travis County to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever not feasible to maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from persons outside one’s household.

Online Dance Activities
Compiled by Denise Fynmore.

These are some of the online dancing events, but not all. Please check our Facebook page frequently.

Also, Dale Adamson maintains a comprehensive Events Calendar of online dance events. In an effort to streamline the newsletter, events on this calendar will not be duplicated in the newsletter.

Friday Night Folk Dance co-hosted by Houston and Austin International Folk Dancers, 7:30-9:30pm. This week's (July 17) line up and Zoom link are on the HIFD website.

Virtual Stockton Folk Dance Camp July 11 - July 18, 2020 Virtual Stockton folk dance camp.

Yves Moreau – has dance videos of his teaching of FIVE dances. These are available on his Facebook page anytime.

San Antonio Zoom dancing is Tuesdays 7-9 pm ("doors" open at 6:45 pm). The link is Everyone is welcome. Dance requests may be sent to, preferably by Sunday, and we will honor them as much as we can. If you would like to get on our regular or Zoom mailing list, please send a message to the same address.

Dimitar Petrov teaches a workshop with several Bulgarian dances. It is on YOUTUBE.COM, also with a link from the AIFD Facebook page. Available on YOUTUBE anytime.

Rebekah Valencia is hosting Monday evening ZOOM folk dancing in your living room from Oklahoma. Check the Oklahoma City Folk Dancers Facebook page for time ad ZOOM link.

CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society) has compiled a great list of online events for the Contra and English Country Dancers. See their website at community covid19 online-events.

Austin Balkan Singers in quarantine continues to meet on Zoom, every Wednesday night at 7 PM for an hour or so. If you are missing your 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, or even 11/8 dose you are welcome to join us – zoom singing has the advantage that you can "sing along" while muted if you want to learn in private. Also we are being joined by folks from far away who we have missed. Send e-mail to if you want to zoom-sing along with us.

If you have any suggestions or comments about upcoming online events, please email
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