AIFD Newsletter
July 19, 2014
This week at dancing
Mike DJs, assisted by John R.
Mike ReveszJohn RamageEnjoy a great evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by John Ramage.
Deborah RobertsonDeborah Robertson is leaving us for the mountains of North Carolina. We will be dancing the AIFD traditional farewell pillow dance in her honor. Come wish her well on her journey!!
Teaching: Misi Tsurikov will lead another enjoyable and satisfying newcomers' MisiRikki Nicolaesession starting at 7:30 p.m. Then, don't miss the rare treat you've been asking for -- the fabulous Rikki Nicolae continues her teaching of Chef! Finally, look for a review of Rozelaar, the Dutch waltz mixer taught last week by Misi.

Saturday, July 19th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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these AIFD upcoming events

September 13 - Greek Night with Kolorash.
KolorashEnjoy a lively evening of mostly (but not all) Greek dances with live music by Kolorash. Lisa Schneider (violin) and Eric Vorlmelker(bass, guitar, percussions) are the foundation of this lively folk dance band. The are often join by other musical talents.
November 8 - Bulgarika!!.
KolorashThe maestros of traditional Bulgarian Music, Bulgarika, return to Austin for another great concert. Keep an eye out for more details.

Are you CPR/AED certified?
Safety First! The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located next to the attendant's desk at Hancock. Even if you are not certified to operate the device, Automated External Defibrillatorjust knowing where it is could save a life. If you are certified to operate the AED please let the Board know. The Board will not keep an official list, but would like to know who to turn to in the event of an emergency. Thanks! (more details here.)
Other dance links
See our complete list
AIFD upcoming events.
Be a folk dance ambassador.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
Past AIFD boards - a work in progress.
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
dance circle

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Biserka-Bojarka dance notes.
When I taught this dance recently, I discovered some interesting information about it. Many recreational folk dance groups have either lost or never learned the original styling, so I thought it would be good to provide a reminder of what I learned. - Franklin Houston

The dance Biserka-Bojarka takes its name from the two melodies used for the dance: “pearl” (“biser”) and “noble woman” (from the Romanian “Boiereasca” - “woman of noble birth”). As documented by Dick Oakes, the dance was taught by Desa Djordjevic at a folk dance seminar in Yugoslavia in 1967 and learned there by Elsie Ivancich Dunin, who then taught it in the United States in 1968. A description of the dance was first published in 1934 by Ljubica C. Jankovic and Danica C. Jankovic in their book, Narodne Igre, I as “Bojerka from Pomoravlje” and “Biserka from Jagodina” (Serbia). The dance was done at elegant balls at the turn of the 19th Century in towns and cities in Serbia. The formation was a circle of mixed men and women with hands joined at shoulder level. This dance style reflects the influence of fashionable dress in Serbia at that time and incorporates a “swooping” feeling in the walking steps.
Link of the week: Biserka-Bojarka
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