Nov 9: Live Music!!!

This Friday at dancing:
Texas Camp Band!!!
Mike DJs, Denise assists.
Mike ReveszDenise FynmoreEnjoy a great night of dancing that will include live music provided by the Texas Camp Band. Our annual tradition of having the Texas Camp Band come and play for us prior to Texas Camp, which will be in two weeks. Our DJ will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.
Lisa Horn DielmanTeaching: Join us as Lisa Horn Dielman continues her teaching of the lively Romanian dance Batuta Muntaneasca. Get to dancing early as the entire teach session will be dedicated to the dance and you’ll want to be there at the start.

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Friday, November 9, 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)

Nov 2: Michel DJs, Janie assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Michel DJs, Janie assists.
Michel_BregerJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Michel Breger. Michel will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.

Lisa Horn DielmanTeaching: Join us as Lisa Horn Dielman teaches the lively Romanian dance Batuta Muntaneasca. Get to dancing early as the entire teach session will be dedicated to the dance and you’ll want to be there at the start.

Elizabeth StehlContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Elizabeth Stehl.

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Friday, November 2, 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)

Oct 26: Halloween Party!!

This Friday at dancing:
Halloween Party!!!!!!
Lisa DJs, Mark assists.
Lisa Horn DielmanMark EdwardsThis week come celebrate Halloween AIFD style. Wear a folk costume, a scary costume, or come as yourself! We’ll have treats for you, too! LIVE MUSIC will be provided by AIO!! Our DJ for this spooky evening will be Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Mark Edwards.
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Friday, October 26, 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)

Oct 19: Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
October Birthdays and Anniversaries!!!
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.
Sharon CasteelJeff KesselJoin us this Friday for a lively evening of folk dancing. Our DJ will be Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jeff Kessel. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in October with song, dance, and cake.

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

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.
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Friday, October 19, 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

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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