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

June 15: Sharon DJs, David assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, David assists.
Sharon CasteelDavid LiangJoin us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by David Liang.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will teach Krivo Ihtimansko Horo (“Crooked Dance from Ihtiman”), a mixed rhythm dance from Bulgaria introduced by Yves Moreau.
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, June 15, 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)

June 8: Madeline DJs, Denise assists.

Madeline BrockDenise Fynmore
Join us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Denise Fynmore. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in June with song, dance, and cake.

Bruce BostwickTeaching: Start the evening right as Bruce Bostwick teaches one of AIFD’s favorites Sborinka. Originally learned from Jaap Leegwater, Bruce has some fun ideas on how to teach this dance that is way that makes it accessible to everyone.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez. June birthdays will be celebrated right after announcements.
For more information, including a special note from our AIFD president, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, June 8, 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)

June 1: Mike DJs, Celsa assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Mike DJs, Celsa assists.
Mike ReveszCelsa Sanchez Join us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: Are you tired of the same old pajdushko? Does a lovely vintage Israeli tango interest you? In the Franklin Houstonspirit of “everything old is new again,” Franklin Houston will continue his reintroduction of two Bulgarian Paydushkos popular in Austin in the 1970s – Yambolsko Paydushko Horo and Kilimarsko Horo. Anne Alexander and Franklin will then finish their presentation of Dodi Li, a beguiling Israeli couple dance choreographed in 1949. If you missed last week, this is your chance to learn these great dances.
For more information, including a tribute to David Houston, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, June 1, 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)

May 25: Holly DJs, Dee assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Dee assists.
Holly PlotnerDee McCandless Join us for a lively evening of dancing with DJ Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Teaching: Are you tired of the same old pajdushko? Does a lovely vintage Israeli tango interest you? Then you won’t want to missFranklin Houston this week’s teaching! In the spirit of “everything old is new again,” Franklin Houston will reintroduce two Bulgarian Paydushkos popular in Austin in the 1970s – Yambolsko Paydushko Horo and Kilimarsko Horo. Anne Alexander and Franklin will then teach Dodi Li, a beguiling Israeli couple dance choreographed in 1949.
For more information, including a tribute to David Houston, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, May 25, 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)

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