AIFD Newsletter
March 8, 2014
This week at dancing
Steampunk Party
Steampunk Bill Ogilvie It is Daylight Savings Time!!! 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. Bill Ogilvie will DJ this lively event, assisted by Kristina Kinsel and John Ramage. For this theme think: “The Victorian Era does science fiction.”Kristina KinselJohn Ramage 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.

Saturday, March 8th
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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Reminder: No dancing at HRC on Saturday, 3/15
San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalWe hope everyone will join folk dancers from around the state at the 56th San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. This fun and lively annual event includes teaching, parties, and a fantastic Saturday night performance. See their website for full details.

March 29th: Mad Hatter's Ball!
Mad HatterCelebrate April Fool’s Day just a tad early. Channel the energy of madness and whimsy by wearing a striking hat of your choice. Decorate a top hat or bonnet. Wear character hats. Any hat will do as long as it is danceable. Madeline will DJ this evening of topsy-turvy frivolity.

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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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

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Upcoming "other dance" features:
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 still open for the 56th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF). 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: Le Dance de Mardi Gras.
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