AIFD Newsletter
September 20, 2019
This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Celsa assists.
Join us this week for AIFD's annual FREE Open House!!! Bring your kids, your friends, and your neighbors!! We'll have lots of teaching and walk-through’s, so it will be fun for everyone!! Franklin HoustonCelsa SanchezOur DJ for this fun evening will be Franklin Houston. He will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez. Franklin will program an international assortment of lively dances, including several recently taught Bulgarian dances, and will also be one of the teachers, along with Sharon Casteel, Kathleen McDonagh, Lisa Dielman, and Madeline Brock.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Nana Lopez.

Friday, September 20, 7-9:45 pm.
Persons 17 and younger must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.
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Open House

Help promote this week's Open House by printing and distributing fliers!!!

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Michel_Breger Fridays, October 4th and 11th:
German Dances

In preparation for our Octoberfest celebration, Michel Breger will teach German dances.

Octoberfest Friday, October 11th: Oktoberfest!!
Come celebrate with us. More details to come.

Cake Friday, October 18:
October Birthdays and Anniversaries!!

Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in October? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

AIO Friday, October 25:
Halloween Party!!

with LIVE MUSIC provided by AIO - Annoying Instruments Orchestra. Wear your costumes and make this party great!!
Link of the week:
Romanian Folk Dance 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.
Hajnalcsillag - Hungarian Folk Dance Group.
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
Austin Balkan Singers
Israeli Dancing at Body Business Fitness (New location), 2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin. Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm (Beginners: 7-8pm).


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

Austin Scandi Dancers Wednesday, September 25:
4th Wednesday Scandi Jams!!

7:30 - 9:45 pm, Hancock Recreation Center Back Room. Free.

Sat & Sun, September 21 & 22: Mini Contra Dance Weekend.
When the 3rd Saturday and 4th Sunday are back to back, its time for a Mini Dance Weekend!

Austin 3rd Saturday Contra Dance @ Life in the City, 205 E Monroe St (off south congress)
Saturday, September 21, 7pm - 10pm, CALLER: Kendall Rogers, BAND: Rosin the Bow
$10 | $8 for TAADA Members | $5 for Students
Visit for more information

San Marcos 4th Sunday Contra Dance @ United Campus Ministry Wesley Center, 510 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666, Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, CALLER: Rich MacMath, BAND: Rusty Nail String Band
$10 / $9 TAADA / $6 students
Visit for more information

Mondays, Oct 7-Nov 11:
English Country Dancing Basics and Beyond

A six-week introductory class on Monday evenings at Hancock Recreation Center, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Culminating in an English Country Dance Ball, featuring live music, on November 18th.
Instructors: Sylverre Polhemus and Elizabeth Stehl.
Experienced dancers are also welcome to attend. Cost: $5 per class. Attending classes is encouraged but not required to participate in the Ball. Visit for more information.

OKCIFD November 1-3:
36th Annual Old Country Weekend.

Oklahoma City International Folk Dancers present the 36th Annual Old Country Weekend:Featuring Ahmet Luleci, Live music by Don Weeda & Anne Alexander, November 1-3, 2019, Cross Point Camp, Kingston OK. Complete details and registration info.

Texas Camp 2019November 28 - Dec 1:
Texas Camp 2019.

Registration is now open for Texas Camp, 2019. For complete details about teachers, events, and fees, and registration, check out
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