AIFD Newsletter
March 23, 2013
This week at dancing
Mike ReveszJohn RamageProgramming: Fresh from last week's San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF), Mike Revesz will DJ a great evening of dancing. Mike will be assisted by John Ramage.

Holly Teaching: Did you miss us last week? Then join us this Saturday as we bring a bit of San Antonio home to Austin! Holly Plotner will kick off our evening with an introduction to some of the great dances taught this Octoberfestpast weekend at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. And don't miss our intermediate teaching when Stephanie Anderson and Norris Foster Harrell review the charming Norwegian schottis Stabbereinlender.

Saturday, March 23rd
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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Saturday, March 30 - April Fool's Party!!
April Fools Hat April Fools!!! We’re celebrating April first on March 30th. Holly Plotner will deliver an April Fools program that will keep you on your toes.

Late April or early May - Golden Oldies Party!!
Franklin Enjoy a fun evening with the great dance classics introduced by teachers who really helped inspire folk dancing. Franklin Houston will dig into his wealth of knowledge and experience to create a delightful program that we will publish in the newsletter and on ahead of time so that you’ll be ready to hit the floor dancing. Stay tuned for the exact date.

May 18 - AIFD Elections!!
Ballot boxDuring announcements (9:30) we will hold elections for the AIFD board of directors. Want to know more about board positions or are you interested in running? Contact a board member.

Complete list of upcoming events.
Other dance links
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Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Pictures from Kabile, Nov 3, 2012.
Pictures from Chuck's 80th Birthday Celebration
"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 and 2nd Fri, HRC
Multi-Culti Couple Dance Next event, Friday, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:

Nowuz Celebration
Ring in the Persian New Year at the 6th annual Nowruz celebration, this Saturday, March 23rd, at Central Market north. Don Weeda and Anne Alexander will play as part of Ojalá, which fuses Middle Eastern and Latin music. Bereket will play from 4:30-5:30, there will be Persian folkloric dancers at 5:30, Ojalá plays 6:30-7:30, and Atash finishes up from 8-9 pm. (The cafe will also be serving traditional Nowruz dishes until they run out.)

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Great SAFDF 2013
-Misi Tsurikov

San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalThe San Antonio Folk Dance Festival 2013 was a happy, successful, colorful, energetic treat for all who partook of it.

More than 80 people attended the dance workshops by Sonia Dion, Cristian Florescu, Jose Padron, and Joseph Pimentel. The effervescent Sonia and Cristian again delighted our folk dance village with lively and enjoyable Romanian dances, including the fiery "masterclass dance" Chef (pronounced "kef").

Jose and his assistants taught a dance from Chihuahua and a variation on Santa Rita. Joseph brought not only a wonderful variety of English country dances, but also many tips, mannerisms, and memory aids to make the ECD experience even more satisfying.

The Saturday-night concert was a dazzling gala, the biggest concert in recent years in both groups and attendance.

The program also saw the awarding of the 2013 Texas Dance Award to Lissa Bengtson and the 2013 National Dance Award to Janice Mendelson.
(See Misi's complete write up.)
Link of the week: Komenka - One of the performing groups at SAFDF.
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