AIFD Newsletter
June 26, 2020
zoomThis Friday's AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, June 26, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by AIFD.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 847 8053 8417
Password: 393160

Here is the link to the complete lineup of music and teachers.

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:

Marcia TopracMarcia Toprac, Treasurer.

I started folk dancing back in 1976, right after arriving in Austin for graduate school at UT. I started with Israeli at Hillel, proceeded to Friday night dancing at the Architecture building, and made my way to AIFD within just a few months. I danced frequently and avidly for all of graduate school, from 1976 to 1982, often 4 – 5 nights a week. I danced so much I could go out for ice cream twice a week after dancing at Swenson’s and Sundae Palace without worrying about calories. I was a member of Csardas in its early years and also sang with Austin Balkan Singers. I served as Vice President of AIFD for a year or two back then and went to Texas Camp three times in the late ‘70s, early 80’s.

It all changed starting in 1983 when I got married to Anthony, moved to Houston, then back to Austin, had kids, got my career going full swing, and got involved in other things that took up all my time. So, I pretty much stopped folk dancing between 1983 and 2018.

The change to Friday nights, and my need to rehabilitate after two knee surgeries, motivated me to start back up again. Also, Anthony was willing to give it a try. So, we’ve been dancing ever since and have attended the last two Texas Camps. I’m so happy to be reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, and, of course, folk dancing again.

Marcia Toprac

Link of the week:
Shim Sham!!!

Four Balkan Dancers

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City of Austin Update:

Austin-Travis County residents are directed to continue practicing social distancing, hygiene, and face covering behaviors under City and COA logoCounty Orders adopted on August 15. The "Stay Home Save Lives Order" replaces the original "Stay Home-Work Safe Order." In addition to hygiene guidelines, the orders state that social gatherings up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household are prohibited.

In addition, a Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe order was issued on June 22, 2020, that includes parts of the Health & Safety for Businesses order, issued on June 17, which directs all businesses to implement a health and safety plan related to COVID-19 by June 23, which includes a requirement for employees and customers to wear face coverings in most circumstances. Please see the order for details.

While the County is in Stage 4 Alert, vulnerable individuals should avoid groups of more than two. Both the County Order and the City orders expire August 15.

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 26) line up and Zoom link are on the AIFD website.

Virtual Stockton Folk Dance Camp July 11 - July 18,

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 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

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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