May 31, 2014
This week at dancing
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Misi DJs, assisted by Kristina.
|Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Kristina Kinsel.
Teaching: Lots of fun learning opportunities this week! Come at 7:30 p.m. for a lively newcomers' session led by Misi Tsurikov and Iola Hallock and featuring some Greek dances introduced recently by Christos Papakostas in San Antonio. Later that evening, Misi and Iola will teach Tripatos, a Greek couple dance (not many of those!) also introduced by Christos. Iola will also review Dagmat, the Turkish dance she taught last week. Finally, look for fast walkthroughs of Romanian dances that will likely make their appearance at Sunday's Romanian show.
Saturday, May 31st
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)
June 14 - Flags of the World party, with live music by the Homegrown Contra Band.
Enjoy a fun celebration of flags of the world, including live music by the Homegrown Contra Band . This special evening will cater to both the folk dance and the contra dance communities, as Homegrown will include three contra dances, all called by Marc Airhart, as well as several sets of international folk dance tunes.
Planet Music: Middle Eastern!! On Friday evening, May 23rd, Misi Tsurikov and Franklin Houston, along with several other AIFD faces, joined 1001 Nights Orchestra and Ravaan Persian Dance Company in an evening of Middle Eastern dancing and music at the Dougherty Arts Center. This lively event was one in a series coordinated by Genevieve Kent and Austin Parks and Recreation. (See more...)
Texas School for the Deaf: In response to a request to AIFD from the Texas School for the Deaf, on Friday, May 23rd, Bill Ogilvie taught Turkish dances to several K-5th graders as part of their International Day. With the music turned up high and several teachers joining in, the students really engaged in the lively and simple dancing. (See more...)
Other dance links
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Be a folk dance ambassador.
World's words - updated by Misi.
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
Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
Looking for a fun dance activity on Wednesday evenings? Check out Austin Scandinavian Dancing. This is a recreational dance group dedicated to learning and enjoying traditional couple dances from Norway and Sweden. You'll find meeting locations and times, as well as a full schedule, on their website.
Austin Scandinavian Dancing
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, just 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.)
Upcoming "other dance" features:
Friday, May 30th - Korobushka and Kolorash!!
An evening of dancing and music not to be missed. Enjoy Korobushka and Kolorash back to back on Friday, May 30th, starting at 8pm at the fabulous Monkey Nest, 5353 Burnet Rd. Korobushka, with lead singer Genevieve Kent, will kick off the evening. Genevieve will then join Lisa Schneider and Kolorash, along with Yosuke Kimura on Kontra, Don Weeda on accordion, and Eric Vormelker on Bass.
Sunday, June 1st - Romanian Folk Festival!!
AIFD members will be performing and teaching Romanian dances at a folk festival to be held at Saint Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church, 200 Monaco Drive, Cedar Park, TX (near Lakeline Mall and the intersection of 183 and 620) this coming Sunday, June 1, at 5:00 PM. Since attendees may need to walk a little bit to get to the church (due to limited parking) and because of typical congestion on US 183, allow plenty of time to drive there and get to the church if you want to catch the show.
Your humble AIFD newsletter editor thought this picture of a flagged draped woman mourning in a military cemetery was a touching tribute to Memorial Day and included it in last week's issue. However, several readers couldn't determine if she was mourning or doing something else, not to mention whether she was alone. My bad for not embedding a link to the full size picture, which was used in a Memorial Day tribute by Ronald Reagan. In retrospect there are a gazillion other pictures I could have chosen to honor Memorial Day that would have not created any confusion and did not need a link to a larger picture. My apologies to anyone thrown for a loop by the picture. - Bill Ogilvie - AIFD newsletter editor.
Link of the week:
Swedish Midsummer Dance.