Oct 12: Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.
Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghJoin us this Friday for a lively evening of folk dancing. Our DJ will be Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. Holly’s theme will be Camp Preview Program! – Warm up for Texas Camp with your favorite Lee Otterholt dances.

Elsa Y. NelliganTeaching: Join us for some lively teaching of dances from Mexico. Elsa Y. Nelligan from Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl will be our special guest instructor.

Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Marc Airhart.
For more information, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, October 12, 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)

October 5: Oktoberfest!!!

OctoberfestOctoberfestThis Friday at dancing:
OKTOBERFEST!!!
Franklin DJs, Janie assists.
Franklin HoustonJanie HopkinsJoin us this Friday as we celebrate OKTOBERFEST!! The festivities will include (Root) Beer floats, Lederhosen and Dirndls, and a Grand March. You’ll also have a chance to show off the German dances that Michel Breger has taught over the past few weeks. And Don Weeda will organize some live music for the occasion! Franklin Houston will DJ this lively event. He will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.

Apple StrudelApple StrudelFor your culinary pleasure!!!
Michel Breger recommends you try an Apple Strudel recipe!!!
For more information, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, October 5, 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 28: Sharon DJs, Mark assist.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Mark assists.
Sharon CasteelMark EdwardsJoin AIFD for a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Mark Edwards.

Michel_BregerTeaching: In preparation for our upcoming Oktoberfest on October 5th, Michel Breger will teach a number of basic Landler figures and some easy German dances.
Elizabeth StehlContra: at 8:35 Elizabeth Stehl will call this week’s contra dance.
For more information, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, September 28, 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 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.
For more information, check out this week’s newsletter.


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)

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