AIFD Newsletter
October 20, 2012
This week at dancing

Vlad Programming:
This week Vlad Codrea will DJ a great evening of dancing.

Madeline Teaching:
The talented Madeline Brock will lead walk-throughs at the beginning of the evening this coming Saturday starting promptly at 7:30.

Franklin Dance Notes
Franklin Houston has started to compile an archive of dance notes for recently taught dances. The list represents the first step of a potentially larger archive project.

7:30-10:45 pm,
$5 at the door 17 years or older (free if 16 or under)
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Be the Tipping Point

Come enjoy Madeline's great teaching this week.

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Upcoming events

Halloween PartySaturday, October 27 "International Festival of Ghouls!" Come celebrate Halloween as your favorite international ghostly terror. We will have devilish dancing, a potluck snack table and rumor has we near the witching hour.....a roaming spirit may visit bringing live music to our hall. Better be there to believe it!

KabileSaturday, November 3rd, Kabilé. Join AIFD as we host Kabilé for a great evening of Bulgarian music and dancing. This is a very special event with an internationally reknown group. Click here for more information. $10 at the door.

Texas Camp TIFD - Thanksgiving Dance Camp Texas camp is a great way to spend your Thanksgiving weekend. The food is terrific, dancing fun, and facilities very comfortable. This year Yulian Yordanov will be teaching dances from Bulgaria. Registration applications must be postmarked by October 31st, so don't dilly dally if you are considering attending. For more information, see TIFD's camp registration page.

(Complete list of upcoming events)
Other dance links
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
"I can't dance" - tips to get you dancing
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance Next event, March 29, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:

The Highball If you have not been to The Highball yet, you have one more month before it will be shut down as part of the transformation of the South Lamar shopping center into a combined residential/commercial development. Even if you are not "into" its 60's nightclub theme, the unique connection the Highball has with significant events makes it worthwhile to at least check it out once. The bowling lanes and dance floor at the Highball come from the "Rock and Bowl", and infamous New Orleans establishment that was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. The lanes will not be there when the new Highball is constructed next year in a new location adjecent to the south Lamar Alamo Drafthouse.

If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to

Link of the week: Cinci Halloween - the Cincinnat folk dance group is really dedicated to dressing up for Halloween.
Jo Soto

Jo Soto

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our beloved friend and fellow dancer, Jo Soto. A member of AIFD since the 1960's and current President of TIFD, Jo was a long-time leader and teacher in the folk dancing community. She passed away on Friday, October 12th, in Austin. Memorial services are pending.

A Memorial will be held for Jo at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Avenue, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. The service in the Sanctuary will be followed by a life celebration reception in Howson Hall. Anyone who would like to play some folk music in her honor is welcome to bring their instrument. Please contact Genevieve Kent ( / 512-919-2493) so that she can coordinate a loose set list that includes easy dances and some of Jo's favorites.
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