AIFD Newsletter
September 28, 2013
This week at dancing
Franklin DJs, John and Sarah assist.
Franklin John Scales Join us this Saturday for a fun evening of dancing DJd by Franklin Houston and his assistants, John Scales and Sarah Martinez. Franklin will have lots of good dances for Sarah Martinezboth our newer and our long-time members as well as some surprises.

Teaching: Franklin Houston will also teach and has two special treats this week. The first is a beginners class session on "What's the difference between dances from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia?" Franklin will teach two dances from each country, emphasizing the differences in styling and handhold. The second is a featured teaching of Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia, which was introduced at Texas Camp in 1958. For anyone who's tried to figure out the ending to this dance, this is your chance to finally learn it! Franklin will also focus on the styling of the dance, which is unlike any other dance we do.

Saturday, September 28th
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

Wait on the floor for a new dance to start.

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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 2nd
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 our complete list of upcoming events.)

Upcoming "other dance" features:
Texas Camp 2013 registration is now open! Steve and Susy Kotansky will teach Hungarian couples and Albanian/other Balkan at this, the 66th annual Texas Camp, Nov 28 - Dec 1. 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:

Village International Folk Dancers meet every 1st and 3rd Friday, 7:30-9:30, in the back room of HRC.

Austin Scandinavian Dancing occurs every Wednesday, 7:30-9:45, in the back room of HRC.
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, August 30, 2013
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

Want to play music at folk dancing? Check out AIFD's live music compensation policy.
Pirouetting Autumn
Mark R Slaughter (1957)
The tree blushed - a rude blast of air
Betrayed a shapely bough.
My saddened heart aware
That Nature's clock was chiming,
I froze upon the twelfth
Clanging tone, caught alone,
Staring at a creaking door -
Left ajar for dancing, coloured Autumn,
Pirouetting in her leaves,
While agitated summer creatures
Backed away resignedly,
Sighing in protracted breves.
I turned; gave company;
We stood together, watching
Summer slowly blow away.

Link of the week: Enino Horo (taught by Holly last week).
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