AIFD Newsletter
July 7, 2017

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. If you notice that your partner is hesitant to get into proper dance hold, is holding his or her breath, bolts from the dance floor as soon as the dance is over, or declines to dance with you again, you should recheck your hygiene and attire before coming to dancing:
  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing. Sweaty guy
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • Take a shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use a deodorant.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes. Sweaty woman
  • Don't wear sharp jewelry, particularly rings.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone's clothing or hair.
  • Keep your hands clean. If they get sweaty during dancing, or you’ve been eating snacks, go wash them.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.
Fireworks drawingFlag and fireworksThis Friday at dancing:
America's Birthday Party!!!
Franklin DJ's, Celsa assists.
Join us for another annual celebration of the founding of this experiment in liberty we callFranklin HoustonCelsa Sanchez America. Feel free to bring some good ol' American snacks to share! Franklin Houston will DJ this fun evening. Franklin will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez. Franklin will include a selection of our favorite dances from the USA in the program.

"We would also like some volunteers to help put up decorations. No need to contact anyone, just show up around 6:45. - Thank you.".

Teaching: In honor of the recent birthday of our neighbor to the north,Sharon Casteel Sharon Casteel will teach two French Canadian dances, La Laine des Moutons and C'est une Jeune Mariée.

Friday, July 7, 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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French flagCake July 14: Bastille Day and
July Birthday and Anniversaries!!!

In honor of Bastille Day of our French friends across the water, we'll feature some choice French-themed dances this evening. We’ll also celebrate our fellow dancers who have a July birthday or anniversary with song, dance, and cake!

From your AIFD Teaching Director:
Sharon CasteelIs there a dance you especially want to learn, or that you can't quite get by following behind the line? Send your teaching requests to Sharon at; she'll see what can go on the teaching schedule for summer and fall. - Sharon Casteel

dance circle
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.)
Link of the week:
Salty Dog Rag.

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)
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
We will not be meeting during the summer. We will resume in the fall. Keep an eye out.
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
Salty Dog Rag by Red Foley
Phantom Ranch.
Away down yonder in the state of Arkansas
Where my great-grandpa met my great-grandma,
They drink apple cider and they get on a jag
And they dance all night to the Salty Dog Rag.

They play an old fiddle like you never heard before.
They play the only tune that they ever did know;
It's a ragtime ditty and the rhythm don't drag.
Now, here's the way you dance to the Salty Dog Rag!

One foot front, drag it back,
Then you start to ball the jack.
You shake, and you break, and then you sag.
If your partner zigs, you're supposed to zag.

Your heart is light, you tap your feet
In rhythm with that ragtime beat.
(Just) pack up your troubles in your ol' kit bag
And dance all night to the Salty Dog Rag!

Away down South 'neath the old Southern moon,
The possum's up a tree and the hound's tree'd a coon.
They'll hitch up the buggy to a broken-down nag
And go out dancin' to the Salty Dog Rag.

They tune up the fiddle and they rosin up the bow.
They strike a C chord on the ol' banjo
Then holler, "Hang on, 'cause we ain't gonna drag!"
Now, here's the way you dance to the Salty Dog Rag!

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