AIFD Newsletter
May 3, 2019
CakeMaypole danceThis Friday at dancing:
Mayfest and May Birthdays!!
Michel DJs, David assists.

Michel_BregerDavid LiangEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday as we celebrate May with a Grand March to live music by Don Weeda. We will also enjoy the birthday cakes as well as some special May Dances and music surprises. Michel Breger will DJ this delightful evening. He will be assisted by David Liang.

Teaching: Come at 7 pm as Misi Tsurikov kicks off the evening with a newcomers’ class. Then, Celsa Sanchez and Misi will present two couple dances from the Canary Islands -- Pasacatre and Polka Mazurca De Tejina -- that our village learned at SAFDF 2019.
Misi Tsurikov Celsa Sanchez

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.

Elizabeth StehlContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Elizabeth Stehl.

Friday, May 3, 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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Stephanie Anderson 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!! More details to come.

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

May-Flower Poem
- Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Four Balkan Dancers
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of long time folk dancer Ilse Munyon. Here daughter contacted Brenda Benton on April 24th to say that Ilse passed 2 days earlier. Many of us remember Ilse's enthusiasm and energy at past Texas Camps and other folk dance events.
Link of the week:
Denver Airport flash mob.

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:

Sunday, May 5: Lélek Banda!!!
Lélek Banda Enjoy some Traditional Hungarian Music performed by Lélek Banda, a band composed of many familiar faces from folk dancing. They will be playing 2 sets as part of the Texas Community Music Festival: noon-12:15 and then a 1:15-1:30. Their music will include a Mezosegi debut. Free!! Flier.

Sunday, May 5*:
San Marcos 4th Sunday Contra Dance

1:30pm - 4:30pm, United Campus Ministry Wesley Center 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666.
LIVE MUSIC: The Balcones Clefhangers
FEATURING: Elise Bright (fiddle), Joyce Doyle (bass and guitar), Jim Doyle (banjo and mandolin) and Pamela Weems (keyboard).
CALLING: Rich MacMath
$10 | $9 for TAADA Members | $6 for Students
More info at
*1st Sunday! Moved due to "When in Doubt Swing" in Dallas

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.
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