AIFD Newsletter
May 10, 2019
This Friday at dancing:
John DJs, Janie assists.

John ScalesJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday DJ'd by John Scales. John will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.

Teaching: Come at 7 pm as Misi Tsurikov and Celsa Sanchez review the two dances they taught last week -- Pasacatre and Polka Mazurca De Tejina -- and originally learned at SAFDF 2019. Then, Misi teams up with Elizabeth Wong to teach Tango Poquito, a tango-themed mixer dance that Nelda Drury originally taught and that Andy Taylor-Blenis brought to us at SAFDF 2019.
Misi Tsurikov Celsa Sanchez Elizabeth Wong

Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Marc Airhart.

Friday, May 10, 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)

AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.
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Stephanie Anderson NEXT WEEK: Friday, May 17: Party at Stephanie's.
Hancock Rec Center will be closed for maintenance. But we will PARTY and DANCE at Stephanie's house. Food, drinks, and musicians welcome!! 7:00 - 11:00 pm, 4907 Lynndale Drive, Austin.

Ballot box Friday, May 24: Board Elections!!
Board Elections -- This is a special open AIFD Board meeting to elect officers for the coming year!

Interested in running for the board? Please contact a current board member. Click here to see a summary of board responsibilities.

We especially need someone interested in being the Teaching Director, since Sharon Casteel is stepping down from the Board.

More Hambo!!!
Psssst .. did you enjoy the Hambo and Schottische teaching in April? Check out "Wednesday Scandi Jams" in the "Other Dance" section for more chances to practice TONIGHT (Wed, May 8).

dance circle
Link of the week:
Mezőségi páros táncok.

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.
Hajnalcsillag - Hungarian Folk Dance Group.
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, May 8 & 22:
2nd & 4th Wednesday Scandi Jams!!

7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

More Hambo? Join the Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam on Wednesday, May 8, from 7:45 - 8:15 pm in the Hancock Rec Center Back Room for a half hour of live music especially for schottis and (mostly) hambo. Stephanie and maybe some others will be available to answer questions and dance, but no formal teaching is planned. Feel free to stay for additional dancing to the jam session.

Saturday, May 18: Táncház
Gyertek! Come one, come all! – Táncház on Saturday, May 18, 3:30-5:30, in the Showroom of Go Dance Studios North (located in Northcross Mall). $5-$10, sliding scale.
hajnalcsillag_danceHajnalcsillag Hungarian Folk Dance Group is a new organization formed by Zsuzsi & Peti Veres and Genevieve Kent with the vision of spreading the joy of Hungarian music and dance. Join them for the group's first táncház, where they'll teach intro to Mezőségi couple dances. No partner or experience necessary. For full details about this group and event, check their website:
Please RSVP on the group's Facebook event, or by emailing

Saturday, May 18: 3rd Saturday Contra Dance.
7-10 pm, Life in the City, 205 East Monroe Street (off South Congress). LIVE MUSIC: The Contraverts featuring: Max Cappleman (fiddle), Stewart Rose (guitar) and Pamela Weems (keyboard) CALLING: Kendall Rogers. Visit for more info.
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