AIFD Newsletter
June 19, 2020
zoomThis Friday's AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, June 19, 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, June 18.

A note about Zoom version:
Zoom now requires people to have version 5 or later of the client, so please consider upgrading in advance of the dance - launch the client, click upper right on your initials or picture and Check for Updates.

Get To Know Your Board:

Lisa Horn DielmanLisa Horn Dielman, Teaching Director.

Many of the AIFD members know my story, some may even know more than me. But for those of you who are not around AIFD in the 70s, here is my story.

I was born into dancing, so my story isn't very interesting or thought provoking.... to me at least. My parents met at AIFD in the 70s. I don't remember how they found folkdancing, I'll have to ask them about that. I do know that in 1978 they moved to Houston for work and within 4 years along came my sister and I. When my older sister was born, my parents stopped going folk dancing. And then when I was 4 my mom decided that she was ready to go back to folk dancing for the dances and community. I don't remember when I first was introduced to folk dancing, but I do know that I don't remember a time not loving it. I remember going to dancing on Friday nights with HIFD, seeing the other kids who became my lifelong friends, and loving dancing and the music! My mom says that I was born with the ability for my eyes to directly interpret the dance steps into my feet without thought. I've always been thankful to have gotten that ability from both my parents who are wonderful dancers.

For me, dancing is just in my blood and in my soul. I love the community, the dancing, the music, the costumes, and the villedge of it all!

Lisa Horn Dielman

Link of the week:
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition: Full Dance:Les Miserables Solo.

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City of Austin Update:

Austin is slowly allowing businesses and facilities to open, trying to balance the risk of infections COA logowith the benefits of "returning to normal". Needless to say, it could be a long time before folk dancing as we know it returns to Hancock Rec Center. And even then it will depend on what is allowed combined with what folk dancers feel safe with. In the meantime, we hope everyone is enjoying the online activities.


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 (June 19) line up and Zoom link are on the HIFD website.

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

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.

The San Antonio Folk Dancers have Tuesday night dances at 7:00 pm using Zoom. Use this link every Tuesday. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 430 250 629, Password: 95942.

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

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 is 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.

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