AIFD Newsletter
March 1, 2014
This week at dancing
Holly DJs, Dee and Sharon assist.
Holly Join us for a fun evening of dancing DJd by Holly Plotner and her assistants, Dee McCandless and Sharon Casteel. Get excited about the upcoming SAFDF! The evening will be peppered with selections from past SAFD Festivals. Dee McCandless
Sharon Casteel
FranklinMisiTeaching: SAFDF is just around the corner, and we have teaching to help you get in the SAFDF mood. Misi Tsurikov will lead a newcomers' session with dances that you'll likely see at the SAFDF parties. Later, Franklin Houston will teach Juta, a dance done by Vlachs from this year's featured SAFDF country -- Serbia.

Saturday, March 1st
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Lost and found: Someone left a white jacket (lined interior, quilted exterior) at dancing on Saturday, 2/22. If it is yours, please email us.
eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these AIFD upcoming events

Next Week!! March 8, Steampunk Party.
Steampunk Time Travel in the Folk Dance World. We’ll celebrate the daylight savings time change with futuristic time travel from a 19th century point of view. For this theme think: “The Victorian Era does science fiction.” This is your chance to modify your folk dance costumes in shockingly historically inaccurate ways. For costume ideas, think of examples from these movies, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the television series The Wild Wild West.
>>>More steampunk costume hints<<<

Oh yeah, for this party, please remember - no weapons of any kind and keep it G rated.

Behind closed doors:
Please keep the outside doors to the Hancock Ballroom closed. Why? Two reasons!
1. Keep the A/C in--AIFD is entrusted by the city to keep the climate-controlled air in. This regulates heating/cooling costs, which the Hancock staff monitors. The Board is investigating ways to adjust the ballroom temperature as needed for optimum comfort. If you are too hot on Saturday night, please tell a Board member or put a comment in the collection-box.
2. Keep allergens out--Many dancers in our community suffer from allergies. Please keep the doors closed, since open doors admit extra allergens.
Other dance links
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Be a folk dance ambassador.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Pictures from various AIFD events.
Past AIFD boards - a work in progress.
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy. - board and contact page
Who is on the board? How to I contact a board member? What is the state of AIFD's AIFD Contact and Board pagefinances? Who is the registered agent? Who is signed up to DJ in the future? The Contact and Board page on the can answer these and a load of other questions. This page was set up specifically to provide easy access to both information about the group and resources to run the group. If there is something about the group you are looking for and you can't find it on this page, let the AIFD webmasters know and they'll get the information for you.

Upcoming "other dance" features:

Saturday, March 1st - Slavadillo.
Slavadillo The Slavadillo ensemble will perform at Explore UT from 2 - 2:40 pm at MEZ 1.306. Their performance will include Slavic music and songs on authentic instruments from Russia and Eastern Europe. The performers will discuss the songs and instruments during the concert.

Sunday, March 2nd - Texas Folk.
Planet Music presents the Marshall Ford Swing Band, 1-4pm, Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 E 4th St.

Friday, March 7th - Slavic Shake, Round 2. FREE!!
Genevieve Our own Genevieve Kent has organized another Slavic Shake at the Russian House, 8 to midnight. The evening will kick off with music by Genevieve's band "Korobushka", accompanied by quick teaching by Bill Ogilvie and Genevieve. This will be followed by some very talented musicians who have specialized in Hungarian, Bulgarian, Greek, and other kinds of Eastern European music. These musicians make up two bands: "Szkojani Charlatans" and the "G String Orchestra". This will be a fun and lively evening of great Eastern European dancing and music. To get a taste of what you in for, check out Genevieve's event page.

Friday - Sunday, March 14-16 - SAFDF.
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalRegistration is now open for the 56th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF). Early registration ends on March 1. You can still register after that, but the cost goes up slightly. See their website for full details.
(Note: In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not meet at Hancock Rec Center on Saturday, March 15th.)

Link of the week: HAAC Junior Folk Dance Group - New Brunswick NJ, March 17.
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