AIFD Newsletter
September 8, 2012
This week at dancing

Misi Iola Programming: Just back from his performance with Csardas at West Fest last weekend, Misi Tsurikov will DJ a great evening of dancing. He will be assisted by Iola Hallock

Teaching: Remember that great Paul Simon song "Fifty Ways to Lead Your Partner (in schottis)"?**
Holly You just lead 'round the back, Jack
Take a new hand, Stan
You don't need to be a boy, Joy
Just learn from Holly. . .
Kathleen McDonagh Join us this Saturday when Holly Plotner will teach a multitude of schottis variations designed to appeal both to beginning and experienced dancers. Kathleen McDonagh will be on hand to lead walk-throughs at 7:30, so step-step-step-hop on over!

**With apologies to Paul Simon

Schottische_steps See This week's "other dance" feature (below) for more opportunities to learn schottis variations

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

Wear a folk dancing tee-shirt to another venue
and be open to questions.

Read more on how to "Be the Tipping Point"

.... upcoming events .....
Open House, 9/29
Join AIFD for a FREE open house on Saturday, September 29th. We'll have 3 great live bands: Kolorash, Slavadillo, and AIO (Annoying Instruments Orchestra). See the complete flyer here.

Oktoberfest, 10/6
Cheer on our folk dancers*, who will be performing at 2 pm during the German-Texas Heritage Society's Oktoberfest, 11am-7pm, German Free School, 507 E 10th St. Tickets and more details.
(* Want to join the performance? Come to practice this Saturday at 7 pm in the Hancock back room! Contact Michel for more details.)

Then, on 11/3, Kabilé
More details here.
Other dance links and events
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance August 31st at HRC.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing (TAADA)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:
Austin Scandi Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dancing
Austin Scandinavian Dancing occurs every Wednesday and second Friday at HRC from 7:30 - 9:45. Their website is always up to date with the scheduled teaching and frequent live music events. On Wednesday, September 12th, Holly Plotner will teach additional schottis variations.
If you play folk dance music and are not on our list of Musicians/Musical groups, please send your information to
Hoping for Rain - by J. Donald Coonrod

An invasion of half-tones,
slowly growing cells below
a veil of brilliant yellow blooms,
covering the bones of Christ,
rattling in loose satchels
on a wandering mule,
looking for Spring
in Death Valley.

Hear the clicking, clicking,
coming together before sleep,
a clock of mystery,
when nothing is left
but dry seeds,
a western plain hugging
the heat, hugging despair and
hoping for rain.

Link of the week: AIO (Annoying Instruments Orchestra)
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