AIFD Newsletter
May 12, 2017
Group Photo!!
OOPS, WE FORGOT! At the 55th anniversary party, we forgot to take a group photo. Let's take one right after elections this week (May 12th) and let's all wear our 55th anniversary tee shirts for the picture. Please come ready to memorialize this great event.

New sign-in process at HRC - A note from Madeline.
Madeline BrockThanks to everyone who has already received and is using your new ID at Hancock. This is the new policy of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. If you haven't already done so, let me encourage you to:
  • Get your PARD IDs made (free, and easily done at the desk at Hancock)
  • Remember to swipe your card when you arrive.
By doing this, we validate our worth as a group to Hancock (and to the City of Austin), and it also helps Hancock get the funding it needs to operate. Thanks! You can find details about the new process here. - Madeline Brock.

CakeBallot boxThis Friday at dancing:
Election And Birthday Night!!!
John DJs, Jeff assists.
John ScalesJeff KesselJoin AIFD this coming Friday as we elect a new Board of Directors. We will also celebrate May birthdays and anniversaries with cake. John Scales will be our DJ this week. He will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Madeline BrockTeaching: This week, Madeline Brock will be teaching some of her favorite dances. They include Biserka-Bojarka, Western Trio Mixer, Dobra Nevesto and Belasicko. Come at 7 to begin the evening learning these wonderful dances.

Friday, May 12, 7-9:45 pm.
The 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.

Dance Party Night

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Dena and Franklin HoustonThis week will be the final week of our year as AIFD Teaching Directors. We have had a great time reintroducing the AIFD "oldies but goodies" into our folk dance village. We wanted our newer dancers to feel the rich tradition of our folk dance culture by joining us in doing these beloved dances from our folk dance past. We also wanted our veteran dancers to experience once again those wonderful dances and thereby encourage them to continue or increase their participation at AIFD.

We could not have done this without the talented and enthusiastic teachers who made this happen. A huge THANK YOU to the following for your time, efforts, and talents to teach us this year: Stephanie Anderson, Michel Breger, Madeline Brock, Lisa Horn Dielman, Norris Foster Harrell, Lane Foster Harrell, Franklin Houston, Bob Liebman, Kathleen McDonagh, Rikki Nicolae, Holly Plotner, Sandy Rouch, and Robert Sampson.

eyes AIFD upcoming events
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NEXT WEEK: Friday, May 19: HRC closed. Potluck at Stephanie's House!!!
Stephanie Anderson Hancock Rec Center will be closed for maintenance on Friday, May 19. Join us instead at Stephanie Anderson’s house in central Austin, 4907 Lynndale Drive, for a potluck beginning at 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments. My place isn’t huge, but we seem to be able to dance in small spaces, and if nothing else, it’ll be a wonderful opportunity to just hang out and talk!

Friday, May 26: La Strada Live!!!
Enjoy an exciting evening of folk dancing featuring live music from La Strada!

Trudy Madrulli
Trudy Madrulli It is with sadness to report that Trudy Madrulli passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Crying daisy She was a long time folk dancer. She (and her late husband, Bob) were active members of the Beaumont IFD for about 20 years, before they moved to Austin. She had to give up dancing about 5 years ago, when she became blind. Then, about one year ago, she relocated to Florida. Many folk dancers will remember Trudy and Bob with much fondness.

- Gerry and Nai Pearson.
Link of the week:
Happy Birthday Dance.

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 Youtube channel.
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
1st Wed: Singing at Stephanie’s house;
2nd Wed: Music Jam, HRC;
4th Wed: Music jam or dance review, HRC;
Last/5th Wed: Dance - often with live music, HRC;
No partners necessary for dance.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
English Country Dance
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30-10:15
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
Texas International Folk Dancers
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Wednesday, May 17: Balkan Dance.
Balkan statesJoin 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing,
7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center,
2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

Wednesday, May 24: 4th Wednesday Scandi Dancing!!
Austin Scandi DancersIn preparation for our upcoming Scandi dance (on May 31st), Stephanie Anderson will introduce a fun new dance accessible to all levels starting at 7:30 pm, followed by an opportunity to practice Scandi dances taught at AIFD and Texas Camp. At 9:00 pm we’ll do some Hallingspringar, for folks who've learned the dance at some point in the past but want to sweep off the cobwebs. May 24th, Hancock Rec Center, Back Room..

Four Balkan Dancers
Are you CPR/AED certified?
Safety First! The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located next to the attendant's desk at Hancock. Even if you are not certified to operate the device, Automated External Defibrillatorjust knowing where it is could save a life. If you are certified to operate the AED please let the Board know. The Board will not keep an official list, but would like to know who to turn to in the event of an emergency. Thanks! (more details here.)


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