AIFD Newsletter
March 1, 2019
Nelda Drury
April 23, 1918 - February 21, 2019.
Nelda Drury It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Nelda Drury. Nelda left us peacefully on February 21st.

We extend our condolences to her daughter Elizabeth Newton and her son Jimmy Drury.

Nelda's inspiration and passion for folk dancing cannot be overstated. A 1995 Ford Salute to Education Award summarizes this contribution nicely:

"Nelda Guerrero-Drury is recognized nationally and locally as one of the most prominent figures in performing arts – specifically International Folk Dance. She is an inspiring individual who has contributed over 40 years of her life teaching folk dance to many students and educators in San Antonio and throughout the world."

Nelda was a founder of the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, which celebrates is 61st anniversary on March 14-17.

A wonderful biography of Nelda can be found on the website.

A church service will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church on 211 Roleto Dr., Saturday March 9, 2-4 pm. Luncheon and dance after the service.

This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Dee assists.
Franklin HoustonDee McCandless Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Dee McCandless. In honor of Texas Independence Day, Franklin will feature dances popular over the years in Texas, including those done along our borders to the south and east. Get your boots on for some polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and two-steps!

Teaching: Madeline Brock will host the fourth and final 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk Madeline BrockMichel_Bregerdancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point. Afterwards, Michel Breger will teach basic German Landler figures, which can be danced free-style to any slow waltz or Landler music, or can be used in German dances such as the Zillertaler Landler.
Friday, March 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)

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Mardi Gras Hat Friday, March 8: Mardi Gras Party!!
Come party with us! We will do some Cajun and Zydeco dancing and “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” More details to come.

March 14 - 17:
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival!!!

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival
Details and Registration

Reminder: In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not be meeting at Hancock Rec Center on Friday, March 15th.
Cake Friday, March 22:
March Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in March? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

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Link of the week:
Zillertaler Landler.

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's photo albums.
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
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
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
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Wednesday, 27: 4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!
Austin Scandi Dancers7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.
January 23rd: All instruments and dancers welcome.

Sunday, March 3rd: Slavic Marti Gras!
2-7pm, at Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX, 78617. Hosted by Flying Balalaika Brothers!!! For more details, check out the event webpage. Want to be part of this event as a sponsor, vendor, or helper? Contact

April 5-7: "Not Just Oom-Pah" Accordion Workshop and Concert.
Accordion WorkshopApril 5: Free concert, Central Market North, 6:30-9.
April 6-7: Workshop, Lamar Senior Activities Center, $175 for accordionists (includes all materials and lunch each day), $60 for Non-accordionists (Includes lunch each day).
April 7, 2-4pm: Free folk dance session. Lamar Senior Activities Center.
For complete details, including contacts and registration, check out the event flier,, or

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