April 19: Nefesh Plays!!! Holly DJs!!!

NefeshCelebrate Easter with the lively folk dance tunes of Nefesh Joykestra: Michelle Alany-Violin/Vocals, Shirley Johnson-Accordion-Vocals, Jesse Berkowitz-Guitar, Benjamin Alany-Dumbek, Ben Saffer-Clarinet, Brad Houser-Bass, and John Bush-Drums. Holly Plotner will DJ this lively evening, assisted by John Ramage. Holly
John Ramage
MadelineMichel_BregerTeaching: Madeline Brock will lead a lively and fun newcomers’ session starting promptly at 7:30. Later in the evening Michel Breger will review Mechol Halahat, the Israeli dance he taught last week.

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Saturday, April 19th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

This Saturday, 4/12, Sharon DJs, Dee assists.

Sharon CasteelDee McCandlessEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Teaching: Misi Tsurikov will kick off the evening with another one of his fantastic newcomer’s sessions. Later Michel Breger will teach Mechol Halahat, an Israeli “partner-opposite-partner” dance presented to us by Sanna Longden at SAFDF 2014. Then Holly Plotner will review Vlasinka, the Serbian dance from SAFDF 2014 that she taught last week.
Misi Michel_Breger Holly

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Saturday, April 12th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

April 5th: Misi DJs, Lila assists.

MisiLila LuceEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Teaching: This week we continue our teaching of dances from SAFDF 2014! Misi Tsurikov will again include some of the easier ones in the newcomers’ session beginning at 7:30 p.m. Later, don’t miss one of Miroslav Marcetic’s masterclass dances — the fast and fabulous Vlasinka, from southeastern Serbia, brought to AIFD by Holly Plotner. Then, look for a review of Pre Picior, another one of Miroslav’s aerobic Serbian dances taught 2 weeks ago by Misi.

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Saturday, April 5th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Thanks for a wonderful event!!!

Old World Winter Wonderland Ball… what a beautiful, fun, happy, magical night! Congratulations to all of us for yet another AIFD event “for the ages”. It looks like all the planning and preparation paid off! If I believe my eyes and the sign-in book, we had a perfect turnout — enough people for high energy and good dancing, but not so much that we crowded the band or stumbled over each other. And oh, the magic of dancing to great live music, with lights reflecting in the floor as if it were an ice rink. I was impressed by the entire evening, but a few moments stand out especially… the magnificent music by Homegrown Contra Band, Iola’s jaw-dropping selection of winter-wonderland photos (which kept distracting me — “ooh, which one will come next?”) and bell videos, and the costumes on so many of our friends (including us).

And then there was the afterparty! We haven’t had one in years, and this one resumed the tradition in a grand way. The entrance through that lighted arch that evoked J.R.R. Tolkien in my mind somehow… a gorgeous wintry backyard with lots of lights, a fireplace, the fabulous dance deck… ribs and mulled wine… more dancing and socializing until 1 a.m… and perfect weather! Thrilling all around. I am deeply grateful to Carol, Genevieve, Jay, and all their family for welcoming us.

What a great way to close out 2013 and usher in 2014. I’m very proud of all of us. Well done, dear friends.

Now, I find myself feeling like the abbreviation of our event — OWWW :) I am “Texas Camp Day 3″ tired, and looking forward to resting and recovering from our wild ride. Thanks again to you… and, as they’d say in Germany, a good slide into the New Year for you (”Guten Rutsch”)

- Misi Tsurikov

More pictures here (Thanks Michel and Misi).

AIFD Congratulates

Congratulations to Texas Camp Co-chairs Genevieve Kent, Jay Elbaor, and the entire Texas Camp staff and volunteers for the extremely successful 66th Annual Texas Camp… and …

Misi Tsurikov and Anne Alexander for receiving Texas Hall of Fame awards… and …

to the folk dancers recognized as part of TIFD’s 2013 “All Star Team”:
Madeline Brock, Austin
Franklin Houston, Austin
Dena Houston, Austin
Chuck Roth, Austin
Misi Tsurikov, Austin
Jack Alley. OKC
Lissa Bengtson, San Antonio
Chris Broad, Houston
Alice Byrd, OKC
John Clement, Houston
Emily Clement, Houston
Gary Diggs, Albuquerque
Jane Diggs, Albuquerque
Nelda Drury, San Antonio
Scott Gordon, Santa Fe
David Kauer, OKC
Jo Loyd, Tulsa
Carolyn Mills, Los Alamos
Elaine Moczygemba, San Antonio
Rene’e Park, San Antonio
Beverley Rapp, OKC
Jackie Rickel, Tulsa
George Rollow, San Antonio
Julie Schmitt, El Paso & Las Cruces
Susie Thennes, Dallas
Ada Young, Houston

CPR/AED certified

Are you CPR/AED certified?
Safety First! All dancers should know where the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located at Hancock. Even if you are not certified to operate the device, you Automated External Defibrillatorare encouraged to become familiar with its location next to the attendants desk. In the event of an emergency you could save a life simply by retrieving it for the emergency responder. If you are certified to operate the AED please let the Board know. The Board will not keep an official list, but would like to know who to turn to in the event of an emergency. Thanks!

Join Us!

The Austin International Folk Dancers meet almost every Saturday Night (7-11PM) at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E 41st St, in Austin Texas.

Everyone is welcome at AIFD, we are kid-friendly and our dancers come from all walks of life. We ask for a $5 donation to cover room rental from those 17 and up (where else can you have three hours of fun for that low a price these days?).

No partner is needed, and dancers of every skill level are welcome.

Our repertoire includes line dances, couples dances, and mixers. Folk dancing is a great social event and wonderful exercise.

We are often having intermediate teaching sessions and other special events! Please check our Teaching/Programming page or the Calendar for more information on upcoming events. Or feel free to Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for up to date information on what is happening at AIFD as well as information on fun dance events all over Austin and beyond!

Typical Saturday night schedule:

7:00-7:30 pm Equipment Setup – please come help out.
7:30-8:00 pm Teaching and walk throughs.
8:00-9:30 pm Request dancing.
9:30-9:45 pm Contra / announcements.
9:45-10:30 pm Request dancing.
10:30-10:45 pm Clean up.

Be a folk dance ambassador.

AIFD bus cardJuly 13, 2013: AIFD has printed a bunch of business cards. Board members will gladly equip you with your very own stack. Simply ask a Board member at Saturday night dancing. Feel free to distribute them as you bump into people who show interest. If you are so inspired, you can also print your own cards. You can find the template at aifd.cc/business_cards.pdf.