AIFD Newsletter
May 15, 2020
From the AIFD Board President:

This is my last message as AIFD president! Congratulations to the new Board! The outgoing members of the Board (myself, Michel Breger, Janie Hopkins and Jeff Kessel) have enjoyed our years in office. Most of our meetings were held at Mother’s Café where we enjoyed great, healthy food. The time on the Board ranges from three years (myself and Janie) to seven years (Michel)!! I want to especially thank Michel for his many years of service!! Jeff has not only done a great job as Program Director, but also designed and built the new equipment storage cabinet at Hancock. Janie was a good secretary, always smiling, and she opened up her home for us several times for special meetings, and she fed us, too!

I am very excited about the new AIFD Board, and I am confident that they will do a great job of leading us through these troubled times and getting us safely back to the dance floor! I don’t know how fast Denise Fynmoreit will happen, however. Most of our dances are intended to show a sense of community, which includes being physically close. We are all anxious to get back to dancing, but we cannot be too hasty. In the meantime, we have all the online events available (see listings). Although they are a substitute, they provide the opportunity to “see” our friends, hear the music, and dance our favorite dances or learn new ones. I find that even listening and watching can be quite entertaining!

I hope to see you all soon, one way or another. Thanks for the opportunity to serve AIFD! We didn't stay this long because we had to, we stayed this long because we wanted to. - Denise Fynmore

COA logoThe City of Austin is modifying its operations and some public services will be suspended until Sunday, May 31, 2020. This includes programs and classes at Hancock Recreation Center. Visit for more information on closure/reopen dates. We will update you of any changes.

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Link of the week:
Quarantine (A "Dancing Queen" Parody).

Dancing Makes You Smarter!!
- Richard Powers

Dancing makes you smarter.

AIFD Board of Directors:
Congratulations to the new board.
Thanks to the outgoing board.
Denise FynmoreCraig Roberts
Denise FynmoreCraig RobertsPresident
Bill BrockBill Brock
Bill BrockBill BrockVice-President
Lisa DielmanLisa Dielman
Lisa DielmanLisa DielmanTeaching Director
Jeff KesselScott Margo
Jeff KesselScott MargoProgram Director
Michel BregerMarcia Toprac
Michel_BregerMarcia Toprac Treasurer
Janie HopkinsDaisy Lai
Janie HopkinsDaisy Lai Secretary

Online Dance Activities
Compiled by Denise Fynmore.

These are some of the online dancing events, but not all. Please check our Facebook page frequently:

Friday Night Folk Dance co-hosted by Houston and Austin International Folk Dancers, 7:30-9:30pm. Zoom link.

Yves Moreau – has dance videos of his teaching of FIVE dances. These are available on his Facebook page anytime.

Dimitar Petrov teaches a workshop with several Bulgarian dances. It is on YOUTUBE.COM, also with a link from the AIFD Facebook page. Available on YOUTUBE anytime.

The San Antonio Folk Dancers have Tuesday night dances at 7:00 pm using Zoom. Use this link every Tuesday. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 430 250 629, Password: 95942.

Ira Weisburd is teaching Balkan Dance on Saturdays, Israeli Dance on Mondays, and Line Dance on Tuesdays!! His classes are on Facebook; check his Facebook page for details and times.

Rebekah Valencia is hosting Monday evening ZOOM folk dancing in your living room from Oklahoma. Check the Oklahoma City Folk Dancers Facebook page for time ad ZOOM link.

CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society) has compiled a great list of online events for the Contra and English Country Dancers. See their website at

If you have any suggestions or comments about upcoming online events, please email Denise at
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