Be The Tipping Point


(Note: “Be The Tipping Point” was a regular feature of the AIFD newsletter from June, 2012 through November, 2013. It is kept as an active post because it still linked to the newsletters from that period. The post references “Saturday night”. AIFD now meets on Friday nights. – AIFD Webmaster, May 26, 2019)

In his book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell writes about how the cumulative effect of small forces can result in a dramatic change when a threshold is crossed (the tipping point). The wonderful turnout at our recent 50th anniversary celebration reminds us all what a vibrant, exciting, joyful place Austin International Folk Dancers can be when we all come together as a community to dance. To build on that success, we appeal to everyone in AIFD to join our campaign to “Be the Tipping Point.” Commit to making small changes in how we participate in our dance community.

Each week, our newsletter will contain a “Be the Tipping Point” suggestion. Some may be simple (“arrive 10 minutes earlier for dancing”) or more challenging (“learn to lead a dance”), silly (“dance backwards”) or serious (“remind someone how much you enjoy seeing them at dancing”). Some you may already be doing; others may not be possible for you right now. We hope, though, that the suggestions may prompt us all to think about one or two small, positive changes we can make ourselves.

We all have the power and the responsibility to make Saturday night dancing the experience we want it to be. Small changes *can* make a big difference. Be the Tipping Point for AIFD!

Do you have a “Be the Tipping Point” suggestion or personal story to share? E-mail us at