Aug 21: Franklin DJs, Dee assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Dee assists.
September Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Franklin HoustonDee McCandlessJoin AIFD for a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Dee McCandless. Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in September? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Lisa Horn DielmanMichel_BregerTeaching: Lisa Horn Dielman will review Vlasko, the Bulgarian dance she taught last week. Afterwards, in preparation for our upcoming Oktoberfest Party on October 5th, Michel Breger will introduce some easy German dances.
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Friday, September 21, 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)

Sep 14: Holly DJs, Lisa assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Holly teaches, Lisa assists.
Holly PlotnerLisa Horn DielmanJoin AIFD for a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Lisa Horn Dielman.
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Teaching: Lisa will teach the fun and exciting Bulgarian dance Vlasko. The entire teaching hour will be spent of this dance so that there is ample time for the steps to be broken down.
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Friday, September 14, 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)

Sep 7: Party!!!

Back to schoolDancing ChildrenThis Friday at dancing:
End of Summer,
Back to School,
Children’s Night!!
Madeline DJs, Denise assists.
End of Summer, Back to School or Children’s Night – whichever one you are celebrating (or maybe you are not), come to folk dancing! Madeline BrockDenise FynmoreSome of our friends will be coming back from a summer away. Also, we encourage parents and grandparents to bring their children and grandchildren — the youngsters will have more fun if there are more dancers their age. This children’s night is an event we want to promote several times a year (see flier). Madeline Brock will be our DJ for this lively evening. Madeline will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.

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Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will do teaching and walk throughs of kid-friendly dances.

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Friday, September 7, 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)

Aug 31: Sharon DJs, Jasmine assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Jasmine assists.
Sharon CasteelJasmine Guha-Castle
Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jasmine Guha-Castle.

Franklin HoustonTeaching: Franklin Houston will continue his teaching of Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia, and follow that with Juta, a Vlach dance from eastern Serbia near the border with Bulgaria and Romania. By popular request, Franklin will have three slowed-down versions of Juta for teaching purposes so that everyone will have a speed that works for them! Also, information on the dance steps, styling, and culture for these two dances (and many others) are available at this AIFD link. (For more details about this teaching, check out “Links of the week” below.)
For more information, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, August 31, 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