AIFD Newsletter
June 1, 2018
DJ and Assistant Training!!!
Want to learn or need a refresher on how to set up AIFD's new sound equipment? Then show up at Hancock Rec Center this Friday, June 1, at 6pm (before dancing) when Holly Plotner will provide training for current and new programmers and assistants. As time permits, Jeff Kessel and Sharon Casteel will cover additional topics. If necessary, we will schedule additional training sessions. Please consider volunteering for these important positions!! We need YOU!

This Friday at dancing:
Mike DJs, Celsa assists.
Mike ReveszCelsa Sanchez Join us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: Are you tired of the same old pajdushko? Does a lovely vintage Israeli tango interest you? In the Franklin Houstonspirit of "everything old is new again," Franklin Houston will continue his reintroduction of two Bulgarian Paydushkos popular in Austin in the 1970s - Yambolsko Paydushko Horo and Kilimarsko Horo. Anne Alexander and Franklin will then finish their presentation of Dodi Li, a beguiling Israeli couple dance choreographed in 1949. If you missed last week, this is your chance to learn these great dances.

Friday, June 1, 7-9:45 pm.
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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June 1: Programmer and Assistant Training!!!
This Friday, June 1, at 6:00 (before dancing) Holly Plotner will provide training for current and new programmers and assistants on setting up and using our equipment. As time permits, Jeff Kessel and Sharon Casteel will cover additional topics. If necessary, we will schedule additional training sessions. Please consider volunteering for these important positions!! We need YOU!

Cake June 8: June Birthday and Anniversaries!!!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary in June, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Flag and fireworks July 6: Red, White, and Blue 6th of July Party!!!
Come and join us for a Red, White, and Blue party being held on the 6th of July. Bringing red, white and blue snacks as well as dressing in red, white and blue is, of course, optional, but fun!!
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Video of dance taught last week: Dodi Li.
Link of the week:
Women's dance from Bulgaria.

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)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. This year, more teaching of old favorites. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
Austin Barn Dancers
Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm, Hancock Rec Center.
Enjoy this American dance form. All dances taught and called. Music provided by LOCO (Local On-Call Orchestra) - an open band, where anyone is welcome to come and play. Contact Dale Rempert at or visit for more information.
English Country Dance
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30-9:30
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
Clickety Cloggers - Austin

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David Houston
By Franklin Houston.
David Houston 2018It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to David Houston, who passed away on May 18, just 17 days short of his 97th birthday. David was born on June 4, 1921, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in Texas and New Mexico during the Great Depression. He left college to serve as an Army medic in WWII. During the Allied landing on Italy in 1943, a huge storm caused a number of soldiers to be thrown into the water. David dove in and rescued several of them, resulting in his being awarded the Soldier's Medal, the highest honor a soldier could receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation.
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David Houston 2018 After the war, David enrolled at UT in Austin, earned an engineering degree, built a house, raised a family, and had a lengthy career as a professional engineer with the City of Austin and the State of Texas. He became involved with folk dancing around 1956. David was one of the signers of the 1962 AIFD Constitution, served as AIFD President in 1963, David Houston 2018served as TIFD Vice-President in 1966, was instrumental in helping build the Texas Camp wood floor in his garage, and served on the Board of Directors for the International Folk Culture Center in San Antonio. He also introduced folk dancing to his sons, Franklin and Ronald, both of whom have maintained their involvement in a variety of ways up through the present time. Despite a grueling battle with West Nile virus and living with Parkinson's Disease, David never lost his enthusiasm for getting things done. He will always be remembered for his stories, his sense of humor, and his love of family.

A memorial service for David will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 2:30 PM at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive, in Austin.
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