AIFD Newsletter
September 14, 2013
Back to school This week:
AIFD Back to School Open House - FREE!!!

Invite your family and friends to an evening of fun dancing, great teaching, and fantastic live performances.

This week at dancing
FREE Back to School Open House!!!
MadelineDee McCandless Invite your family and friends to AIFD's September Open House. Madeline Brock will DJ this very special event. Madeline has arranged great live performances by several local dance groups, dynamic teaching, a fun program, and a great time for everyone. Sarah MartinezThis will be a perfect opportunity to show off just how much fun folk dancing can be and to help promote folk dancing and AIFD in Austin. Assisting Madeline will be Dee McCandless and Sarah Martinez

Saturday, September 14th
7:30-10:45 pm
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

Support AIFD - Become a member!
Do you attend AIFD regularly (like, at least once a month)? Can you spare $10 bucks? Then you can become an AIFD member.

AIFD membership fulfills a requirement from our liability and accident insurance provider to submit a list of regular attendees as part of the annual policy renewal. The $10 covers the annual insurance premium cost and other AIFD costs not covered by the weekly admission fee.

As a member you will get:
- an AIFD nametag;
- the right to vote in board elections;
- the right to run for a board position;
- the peace of mind that you are supporting one of the most dynamic folk dance groups in the country.

AIFD memberships need to be renewed every twelve months. To become a member or to renew your membership, fill out the membership form at folk dancing and give it and $10 to a board member.

For more information, contact the membership coordinator (currently Michel Breger) at .

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Be the Tipping Point

Introduce youself to newcomers and make them feel welcome.

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

eyes Keep your eyes peeled for
these AIFD upcoming events

Saturday, October 26
Halloween Party!!!
Spider Web AIO Get your costumes ready! We are having a costume contest. Come dance to the beats of our annual haunting by AIO (Annoying Instruments Orchestra).

Saturday, November 2
Texas Camp Band!
Enjoy a fun evening of live music provided by the Texas Camp Band. Band participants from around the state will be in town to hone their sound in preparation for Texas Camp.
(See the complete list of upcoming events)

Upcoming "other dance" features:
This Friday, September 13
Austin International Music Extravaganza. 8:30pm, Spiderhouse Ballroom on Fruth Street, featuring music and performances from Ghana, Japan, Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil and Nigeria. Tickets: $10 from Antones, or $12 at the door.

November 28 - December 1
Texas Camp 2013 - Registration is now open! Steve and Susy Kotansky will teach Hungarian couples and Albanian/other Balkan dances at this, the 66th annual Texas Camp. For all the details of this exciting camp, and to download a brochure (if you have not already received one in the mail) go to To register online:

School house
Are you a student or teacher? Welcome back to school.
Other dance links
See our complete list
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
Multi-Culti Couple Dance Next event, Friday, January 31st, 2014
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

dance circle

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
Teachers - by Kevin William Huff
Paint their minds
and guide their thoughts
Share their achievements
and advise their faults

Inspire a Love
of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads our youth

For our future brightens
with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each poet
each philosopher and king
Begins with a Teacher
And the wisdom they bring.

Link of the week: Back to school flash mob.
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