AIFD Newsletter
May 4, 2013
This week at dancing
Holly DJs, Genevieve teaches!!!

Holly John Ramage Enjoy a great evening of folk dancing DJ'd by Holly Plotner with assistance from John Ramage.
GenevieveTeaching: May the Fourth be with you!
Join our rebel folk dance alliance, as Princess "Leagane" (a.k.a. Genevieve) teaches dances that will defeat the forces of the Galactic Empire and restore folk dancing to the galaxy! Jedi training begins at 7:30 (Coordinated Galactic Time).

Saturday, May 4th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Be the Tipping Point

Set that DVR to record and head over to dancing!

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eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these upcoming events

May 18 - Home Grown Contra Band
Home Grown Contra Band Enjoy a fun evening of live music on May 18th when the Homegrown Contra Band plays 2 sets of international music, along with a contra or two.

May 18 - AIFD Elections!!!
Ballot boxAt around 9:30 that same evening AIFD will hold elections for the AIFD board of directors. Want to know more about board positions or are you interested in running? Contact a board member.

For more information, including who is currently running and a description of board duties, click here.

Complete list of upcoming events.
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from various AIFD events.
"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 and 2nd Fri, HRC
Multi-Culti Couple Dance Next event, Friday, May 31, 2013, HRC
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de MayoCelebrate Cinco de Mayo at the La Condesa Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party, Sunday, May 5th, on 2nd St between Guadalupe and San Antonio streets, starting at 4pm. This annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Austin will feature an assortment of live music, drink specials, entertainment, and more throughout the evening perfect for kids and adults alike looking to celebrate.

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
May-Day As another winter ends and spring begins, we must prepare for our favorite holiday originally marked by sexual freedom. No! Not the Naked Mile! May-Day! Celebrated annually on May 1, May-Day is originally a holiday that reached its height in popularity in England in the Middle Ages, but was still being celebrated all across England in the eighteenth century. The origins of May-Day began with the ancient Druids and Celtics but different versions of the holiday were celebrated in countries like Finland, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Macedonia, and Spain. 1 (It is still even celebrated in many parts of these countries today.)
So what is May-Day like, you ask? The best comparison we have to today is probably Halloween, as it was the dominant secular holiday of its time. It was not tied to any religion, church or service, but instead a worship of our connection with nature. 2 And it is all about having fun! This secular holiday, filled with games and activities, was seen as wild, immoral, sinful and perverse by Puritans. It was so much fun that it was actually banned in 1640. 3 (Thank-you, so much Philip Stubbe for bothering Parliament to put a lid on our fun.) Obviously, like any good party it is a ton of fun if the police have to show up to put a stop to it. (more .. )

Link of the week: May Day dance.
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