April 3: Update from Denise.

From the AIFD Board President:
Denise FynmoreWe continue to hope and pray that all our AIFD dancers and friends are staying safe and healthy during the stressful time! We urge everyone to follow the stay-at-home and social-distancing guidance as much as is possible, because (as I said last week) the sooner the virus is stopped, the sooner we can get back to DANCING!! Meanwhile, there are on-line activities for folk dancing and folk music – in your living room! We will keep you updated on the AIFD dance schedule, and post links of interest.

For more information, including important links,check out this week’s AIFD newsletter.

Mar 27: Note from our Prez.

From the AIFD Board President:
Denise FynmoreWe sincerely hope and pray that all our AIFD dancers are faring well during this time of the COVID-19 virus. Travis County has instituted a shelter-in-place order that started Tuesday, March 24, a serious measure that is aimed at stopping transmission of the virus in order to “flatten the curve.” We urge everyone to follow this guidance as much as is possible, because the sooner the virus is stopped, the sooner we can get back to DANCING. We will not do this until we are 100% sure it is safe to do so. I miss folk dancing and my dancing friends, and I look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on any information on resuming folk dancing. Please take care and stay safe! – Denise Fynmore.

For more information, including links to upcoming events, AIFD Newsletter.

March 20: Dancing cancelled for time being.

From the AIFD Board:
Hancock Rec CenterFor the foreseeable future, AIFD (as well as Contra and ECD) will not be meeting.

This is for 2 reasons: First – common sense. Second – HRC is also closed for the foreseeable future.

During this time the newsletter will still be distributed every Wednesday. The newsletter will include updates from the board and other relevant information.

This will also be a great opportunity to publish any content you would like to share. So if you have poems, stories, recipes, pictures, please email them to the AIFD newsletter_editor. If this link doesn’t work, try this one instead.

If you have a video file to share, let us know and we can help you load it onto the AIFD Youtube page. We can also help load pictures to the AIFD photo album. We can then include corresponding links in the newsletter.

For complete details and other other important stuff, check out this week’s AIFD Newsletter.

March 13: SAFDF CANCELLED. No dancing at HRC.

Sadly, the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival has been CANCELLED.

Please check the event website for details, including information about refunds.

Also AIFD will not meet at HRC tonight.

No dancing at HRC this Friday, March 13.


Hope to see you at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

We’ll be back at HRC Next Week!

March 6: Sharon DJ’s, Janie assists.

CakeThis Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Janie assists.
March Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Sharon CasteelJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Janie Hopkins. Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in March? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!
Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be called by Nana Lopez.
For more information and loads of other fun stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.

Friday, March 6 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older.
There is no fee for those under 18,
but they must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Nelda Drury

Nelda Drury
April 23, 1918 – February 21, 2019.
Nelda Drury It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Nelda Drury. Nelda left us peacefully on February 21st.

We extend our condolences to her daughter Elizabeth Newton and her son Jimmy Drury.

Nelda’s inspiration and passion for folk dancing cannot be overstated. A 1995 Ford Salute to Education Award summarizes this contribution nicely:

“Nelda Guerrero-Drury is recognized nationally and locally as one of the most prominent figures in performing arts – specifically International Folk Dance. She is an inspiring individual who has contributed over 40 years of her life teaching folk dance to many students and educators in San Antonio and throughout the world.”

Nelda was a founder of the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, which celebrates is 61st anniversary on March 14-17.

A wonderful biography of Nelda can be found on the socialfolkdance.org website.

A church service will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church on 211 Roleto Dr., Saturday March 9, 2-4 pm. Luncheon and dance after the service.

Quarantine Help

During these difficult times, AIFD is maintaining a list of fund raising efforts for people in our folk dance community affected by the Coronavirus.

The list includes fund raising efforts for specific needs (such as Petur Iliev’s house burning down) to more general efforts (such as donations to food banks).

If you know of a fund raising effort that you would like AIFD to add to this list, please forward the link to Quarantine_help@aifd.cc.

This list will be available through the AIFD weekly newsletter, aifd.cc, and via our FB pages.

Quarantine Live Events.

Do you have live music or other activities you would like to share with the AIFD community during quarantine? We can help get the word out.

Email us at quarantine_event_coordinator@aifd.cc with details about what, when, and how (medium). and we can list it in the AIFD newsletter, on aifd.cc, and on Facebook.

If your event is stepping on other events in such a way that can impact attendance, we can help coordinate scheduling.

Unfortunately, at this point, we cannot assist with technicalities, such as providing a Zoom account, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you with this.

AIFD on Facebook

The Austin International Folk Dancers maintains 2 pages on Facebook: An AIFD Facebook page and an AIFD Facebook Group page.

What’s the difference?

– The AIFD Facebook page is visible to the world but can only be updated by owners and editors.

– The AIFD Facebook Group page is private. Any member can post content. That content will be available to anyone in the group. Admins approve requests to join .. mainly to keep out scammers and spammers.

AIFD Newsletter Submission

handwritten noteWould you like to contribute content to the AIFD newsletter while we are not meeting during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Feel free to send pictures, links, or text to newsletter_editor@aifd.cc.

camera old styleAlso, we would like to credit whoever provides content, so please also send your name and a picture (or a link to a picture) that can be cropped accordingly.