AIFD Newsletter
March 2, 2013
This week at dancing

Franklin John Scales Programming: Enjoy a fun evening of dancing DJ'd by Franklin Houston, who will be assisted by John Scales. Franklin will play a number of his favorite tunes as well as dances that have been recently taught.

Teaching: For a Scandi-lously good time, don those slick-soled shoes and prepare to pivot as Stephanie Anderson and Norris Foster Harrell Kathleen McDonagh teach Stabbereinlender, a charming Norwegian couples dance. This reinlender (Norwegian for schottis) has a fun pattern that fits so satisfyingly to its wonderful music. Kathleen McDonagh kicks off our Yves-ning with a selection of Bulgarian, Breton and Canadian dances introduced by Yves Moreau.

Saturday, March 2
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)

Calling all folk musicians!!!
Can you play at least 2 sets (20mins each) of folk-danceable music?
If so, you are invited to schedule a Saturday night live music gig with AIFD. Benefits include:
  • Payment per AIFD's Live Music Policy.
  • Promoting your band with visibility & CD Sales
  • Growing the Austin dance and music community
  • Dancers will dance to your music and love it!
Contact the AIFD Board at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired performance date. AIFD will create a FaceBook event, list your gig on the AIFD events webpage and in our weekly newsletter.

You are more than welcome to do additional publicity.

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eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these upcoming events

Saturday, March 9 - Time Warp Party!!
eyes It's time to SPRING forward with the clocks! Join AIFD for an evening of costumes and dancing to the vibrant beats of Austin's own Slavadillo.

SPRING forward with futuristic garb or FALL back with traditional folk costumes. Whatever time warp means to you, let's celebrate the return of the light!

Friday - Sunday, March 15-17 - SAFDF.
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalSan Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF). Romanian, Mexican, and English Country dances will be featured at this year's San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. To learn more and register for this event, check out . In support of SAFDF, AIFD will not meet at Hancock Rec Center on Saturday, March 16th.

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.

May or June - 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.

Complete list of upcoming events.

Also, check out the Programmer / Assistant schedule.
(Interested in programming / assisting? Please email
Other dance links
See our complete list
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
Multicultural Dance Next event, Monday, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:
Slavadillo performs Saturday, March 9th

Slavadillo Our own Slavadillo is performing at Explore UT and we'd certainly love to see some familiar faces in the audience, Saturday, March 9, 2:00-2:40pm, UT Campus MEZ, Room 1.306

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
A few other neat things:

Introduction to Scandi dancing Austin Scandi Dancers Wednesday, March 6: schottis, reinlender, vals, polka, snoa and hambo. Many of these are commonly danced on Saturday night at AIFD. If you're new to Scandinavian dancing, we will focus on basic skills and easier, more familiar, dances. Bring a friend or come by yourself. HRC back room, 7:30-9:45, Austin Scandinavian Dancing.
Folk Dancing at Sherwood Forest Next month Genevieve Kent will be joining Vana Mazi at the Sherwood Forest Faire to get people up and dancing! All Austin International Folk Dancers are invited to go dance with her for any and all of their 4 daily shows. Genevieve will be there on the weekends of March 16-17th and 30-31st, and is offering a limited number of FREE tickets to the event to anyone who wants to come. Email her at to reserve your ticket and get the dance party started.
Ambassador from Hungary Austin Hungarian Association Congratulations to Genevieve Kent and the Austin Hungarian Association for organizing a luncheon with the ambassador from Hungary, György Szapáry. Unfortunately tickets are sold out. But kudos for a job well done!!
Link of the week:
A taste of Sherwood Forest Faire - Opening parade from last year.
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