AIFD Newsletter
October 13, 2017
CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
October Birthdays and Anniversaries!!
Holly DJs, Dee assists.
Holly PlotnerDee McCandlessDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in October? Come to folk dancing on this auspicious and totally non-ominous night to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! Our DJ for this lively evening will be Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Dee McCandless. The theme of Holly's program will be Texas Camp Preview, featuring dances previously taught by Texas Camp 2017 teachers Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion and Richard Powers.
Franklin Houston Teaching: Franklin Houston will fill the first part of the teaching hour with a collection of long-time popular Greek dances that are quick to learn and fun to do. He will then leap to Ukraine to teach the recreational version of the men's dance, ARKAN, so that all the guys in AIFD can impress the crowd without hurting themselves.
Friday, October 13, 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)

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La Strada October 27: Halloween alla Strada!!!
Join us for a thunderous Halloween party at AIFD, featuring live music by La Strada! Don your costumes of Halloweens past and present, bring some sweet treats for the kids, and enjoy a night of freaky tunes from Dee, Jeff, and company.

November 10: No dancing.
Hancock Rec Center will be closed in observance of Veterans' Day.

DumbeckNovember 17: Texas Camp Band & November Birthdays!!!
CakeEnjoy an evening of rollicking live music by the Texas Camp Band! This eclectic group of folk musicians is meeting in Austin to practice for camp, and this will be a special preview of the tunes they'll be performing this year. We'll also celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in November with song, dance, and cake.


Cancelled: Children And Their Families!!!
The quarterly Dances for children and their families originally scheduled to start on October 20th has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the near future.
Link of the week:
Flash mob by the Dutch National Ballet.

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)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Most Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. This year, more teaching of old favorites. Show me the Balkan countries.
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, 7:30-10:15
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
Clickety Cloggers - Austin

Four Balkan Dancers
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Texas Camp 2017
Registration is now open!!!

(Registration packets will also be mailed out to all TIFD members)
Texas Camp 2017
Registration link.
Click on picture for full size flyer.
Important upcoming registration dates:
October 15 – Deadline for “family priority” private housing requests.
November 1 – Deadline for regular registration ($25 thereafter).
November 8 – Absolute last day to register!

Wednesday, October 18: Balkan Dance.
Balkan states3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing returns on October 18, 7:15-8:45. This year, more teaching of old favorites!! NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

Fri-Sun, Oct 27-29: Old Country Weekend.
OKCIFDOKCIFD: 34th Annual Old Country Weekend, Cross Point Camp, Kingston, OK. Music by Austin's own Don Weeda and Anne Alexander. Featured teaching by the one and only Joan Bennett Full details and registration.

Fri-Sun, Oct 27-29: Fire Ant Frolic Contra Dance Weekend.
Fireantfrolic Contra WeekendJoin the Austin Contra Dancers for the 21st Annual Fire Ant Frolic. An exciting weekend of Music, Friendship and Contra dancing, including a Halloween costume party on Saturday Night, dance workshops and a “Monster Medley." New location in South Austin. Full details at

Nana Lopez Want to brush up on your contra skills prior to Fireant Frolic? Nana Lopez will be conducting lessons on Tuesday, October 17 on “Becoming a Better Contra Dancer” Tips, techniques and practice, The lesson will be held at Hancock Rec Center Room 2 (next to the Ping Pong Table). For further info see or call Nana @ 512-970-4919. Free.

Polkapocalypse Sunday, Oct 29: Polkapocalypse.
Enjoy Brave Combo and other great bands at this the Fourth First Annual Polkapocalypse, Elisabet Ney Museum.
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