July 13: Mike DJs, Jasmine assists

This Friday at dancing:
Mike DJs, Jasmine assists.
Mike ReveszJasmine Guha-Castle Enjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Teaching: Dance Review Extravaganza – Do you need just a little more practice of dances recently taughtFranklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielman by Franklin Houston? You’re in luck! Franklin will lead walk-throughs and practice of the two Bulgarian Paydushkos – Yambolsko Paydushko Horo and Kilimarsko Horo. In addition, he will team up with Anne Alexander for the “Israeli tango” Dodi Li (so you can master that tricky last step) and also with Lisa Horn Dielman for the Cross-Step Waltz. It’ll be a full hour, so come at 7 PM to not miss anything! .
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, July 13, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 25 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)

July 6: Red, White, and Blue Party!!!

Flag and fireworksThis Friday at dancing:
Red, White, and Blue Party with Live Music!!!
Madeline DJs, Janie assists.
Madeline BrockJanie HopkinsCome and join us for a Red, White, and Blue party, including live music by Anne Alexander and Don Weeda!!! Bringing red, white and blue snacks as well as dressing in red, white and blue is, of course, optional, but fun!! Madeline Brock will DJ this fun event. She will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Teaching: Bob_LeibmanBob Leibman will kick off the evening with some great teaching: Čačak (basic village style from SE Serbia), Stara Vlaina (basic village style NE Serbia), Nevestinsko oro – Bride’s dance – women’s dance from Mijak villages in Western Macedonia.
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, July 6, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 25 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)

June 29: Sharon DJs, Jeff assists, Bob teaches.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.
Sharon CasteelJeff KesselJoin us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Teaching: Bob_LeibmanBob Leibman will kick off the evening with some great teaching: Čačak (basic village style from SE Serbia), Stara Vlaina (basic village style NE Serbia), Nevestinsko oro – Bride’s dance – women’s dance from Mijak villages in Western Macedonia.
A note from your AIFD president.

For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, June 29, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 25 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)

June 22: John DJs, Janie assists.


This Friday at dancing:
Jonn DJs, Janie assists.
John ScalesJanie HopkinsJoin us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ John Scales. John will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will teach Krivo Ihtimansko Horo (“Crooked Dance from Ihtiman”), a mixed rhythm dance from Bulgaria introduced by Yves Moreau.
A note from your AIFD president.

For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, June 22, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 25 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)

From Our Prez

Tips for new, and not so new, dancers
from your president.
Denise FynmoreMy goal for all dancers on Friday nights is for them to spend as much time as possible doing the dances they enjoy. I want to give you a few tips here that may help you do that.

(1) Come at 7:00 for the teaching whenever possible.
(2) When you learn a dance you like, also learn the name of the dance. Write it down if necessary.
(3) Over the following weeks, request that dance by writing it on the request list on the music table.
(4) If you see a dance being done that you like, but don’t know it, ask someone or find the name on the board, then you can request that it be taught! There are now two forms at the music table:. One to request dances to be done that night and one to request dances to be taught.

We WANT you to request dances!! The programmers can’t read your mind, so let them know what you want. Yes, I know the dance names are difficult(!), but the names of the dances done each week are written on the board, so write them down or take a photo of the board. I have recently started including the names of dances taught the previous week in the newsletter, along with VIDEOS of them when available. This gives you the opportunity to review and practice at home. A website, folkdancemusings.blogspot.com, has the history, dance notes, and videos of almost every dance I’ve ever heard of, so you can look them up at home if you want to review or learn dances

Hot Summer!!!

HOT SUMMER AHEAD! PLEASE READ!

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. If you notice that your partner is hesitant to get into proper dance hold, is holding his or her breath, bolts from the dance floor as soon as the dance is over, or declines to dance with you again, you should recheck your hygiene and attire before coming to dancing:

  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing.Sweaty guy
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • Take a shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use a deodorant.

  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes.Sweaty woman
  • Don’t wear sharp jewelry, particularly rings.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone’s clothing or hair.
  • Keep your hands clean. If they get sweaty during dancing, or you’ve been eating snacks, go wash them.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.

Teaching requests?

From your AIFD Teaching Director:

Sharon CasteelIs there a dance you especially want to learn, or that you can’t quite get by following behind the line? Send your teaching requests to Sharon at teaching_director@aifd.cc; she’ll see what can go on the teaching schedule for summer and fall. – Sharon Casteel