AIFD Newsletter
June 30, 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.
This Friday at dancing:
Mike DJs, David assists.
Mike ReveszDavid LiangEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by David Liang.
Lisa Horn DielmanTeaching: Come to dancing at 7 to enjoy teaching by Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will teach the Romanians dances Rustemul and Cimpoi. She taught these a few months ago but feel they warrant a review.

Friday, June 30, 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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eyes AIFD upcoming events
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Fireworks drawing July 7: America's Birthday Party!!!
Join us for another annual celebration of the founding of this experiment in liberty we call America. More details to come.

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
Link of the week:
Albanian traditional dance.

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
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
1st Wed: Singing at Stephanie’s house;
2nd Wed: Music Jam, HRC;
4th Wed: Music jam or dance review, HRC;
Last/5th Wed: Dance - often with live music, HRC;
No partners necessary for dance.
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
Dancing Makes Your Smarter.
- Richard Powers.

Dancing makes you smarter

Sure, we all assume there are health benefits to dancing. But if you're interested in rich details about how dancing is beneficial, check out this great article by Richard Powers.

Richard Powers is the social dance instructor at Stanford University. In addition to contemporary social dance, he is an expert in the history of dance. He conducts fun, interesting and lively workshops and lectures around the world. And he will be one of the instructors at the 2017 Texas Camp (November 23-26).

His article presents several areas where dancing has health benefits:
  • Neuroplasticity.
  • Aging and Memory.
  • Intelligence.
So check it out.
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