Aug 17: Rain Dance and Bday Party!!!

CakeRain DanceThis Friday at dancing:
Rain Dance, Birthdays & Anniversaries!!!
Mike DJs, Lisa assists.
Mike ReveszLisa Horn DielmanWe usually need rain in mid-August, so we’re having a Rain Dance. We’ll do Mayim, Mayim and anything else that mentions rain. Also, do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! Our DJ for this fun evening will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Lisa Horn-Dielman.

Teaching: We’ll do walkthroughs of the rain dances as necessary.

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


Friday, August 17, 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 10: Madeline DJs, Jeff assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Madeline DJs, Jeff assists.
Madeline BrockJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Holly PlotnerTeaching: Come early as Holly Plotner reviews Valle Hajde Merre Furken and then buckle your seat belts for the fast Romanian line dance Balta. Everything will be slowly broken down into small chunks to make it accessible for all.
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, August 10, 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 3: John DJs, Kathleen assists.

This Friday at dancing:
John DJs, Kathleen assists.
John ScalesKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.
Holly PlotnerTeaching: Come early as Holly Plotner reviews Valle Hajde Merre Furken and then buckle your seat belts for the fast Romanian line dance Balta. Everything will be slowly broken down into small chunks to make it accessible for all..
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, August 3, 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 27: Holly DJs, Charlotte assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Charlotte assists.
Holly PlotnerCharlotte Harris Enjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Charlotte Harris.
Misi TsurikovLisa Horn DielmanTeaching: This week, Misi Tsurikov and Lisa Dielman conclude their teaching of the ever-popular Triplet Polka Quadrille
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, July 27, 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