AIFD Newsletter
March 8, 2019
Mardi Gras Hat This Friday at dancing:
Mardi Gras Party!!
Madeline DJs, Jeff assists.
Madeline BrockJeff KesselCome party with us! We will do some Cajun and Zydeco dancing and “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” We'll have beads for everyone, but feel free to wear your Mardi Gras colors, masks, hats, costumes or anything else that will add to the party spirit. There is no teaching, so come at seven and Get the Party Started! Madeline Brock will be our DJ for this lively evening. She will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.

Friday, March 8, 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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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!

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

Nelda has requested that in lieu of flowers, kindly donate to the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival so that her legacy may continue.
Link of the week:
Zydeco dance at Crawfish Festival.

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:

Austin Scandi Dancers Wednesdays, March 13 & 27: 2nd & 4th Wednesday Scandi Jam!!
7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Saturday, March 16: 3rd Saturday Contra!!
7pm - 10pm, Life in the City, 205 East Monroe St. (off South Congress). LIVE MUSIC: Rosin the Bow; Elise Bright (fiddle), Carol Whitaker (flute), Jay Puryear (bodhran) and Stewart Rose (guitar) CALLING: Marc Airhart. Visit for more info.

Thursday, March 21st: Dance prints.
On Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, the Blanton Museum is having a Pop-Up Exhibition of prints depicting dance. It's part of their Third Thursday, so admission is free, though people will have to pay to park.

Sunday, March 24: 4th Sunday Contra!!
1:30pm - 4:30pm, United Campus Ministry Wesley Center, 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. MUSIC: TBA. CALLING: Chris Broad. $10 | $9 for TAADA Members | $6 for Students. More info at

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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