Sep 18: AIFD hosts this week’s Zoom event.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

ZOOM DANCE

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available here prior to the event.

MUSIC LIBRARY

Would you like to request a dance but can’t remember the name? Check out the list of dances in AIFD’s music library.

This list is maintained by Franklin Houston. If you run into any issues with the list, you can email Franklin at music_librarian@aifd.cc.

ZOOM TIPS

John Bloom of HIFD has posted some good information on how to help better your virtual dance experience.

Also, the dance leaders would like to provide you with some ideas on how to have an easier time following us during our virtual dance sessions. For dances that move around a lot, try taking smaller steps and doing quick little pivots in place to face your screen again. Also, putting up a mirror opposite your monitor screen can assist you in viewing the dance leader while your back is to the screen.

Sep 11: HIFD hosts this week’s Zoom event.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, September 11, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, September 10.

For more information, including ideas for dance requests and Zoom tips, check out this week’s AIFD newsletter at newsletter.aifd.cc/September_11_2020.html.

September 4: AIFD hosts Zoom event

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

ZOOM DANCE

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available here prior to the event.

MUSIC LIBRARY

Would you like to request a dance but can’t remember the name? Check out the list of dances in AIFD’s music library.

This list is maintained by Franklin Houston. If you run into any issues with the list, you can email Franklin at music_librarian@aifd.cc.

ZOOM TIPS

John Bloom of HIFD has posted some good information on how to help better your virtual dance experience.

Also, the dance leaders would like to provide you with some ideas on how to have an easier time following us during our virtual dance sessions. For dances that move around a lot, try taking smaller steps and doing quick little pivots in place to face your screen again. Also, putting up a mirror opposite your monitor screen can assist you in viewing the dance leader while your back is to the screen.

Aug 28: HIFD hosts this week’s Zoom event.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, August 14, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, August 27.

Note: Potential power outages due to Hurricane Laura may interfere, but we will do our best to make the dance happen.

Looking for dance request ideas? Check out AIFD’s music library spreadsheet maintained by Franklin Houston. Questions about the library? You can email Franklin at music_librarian@aifd.cc.

newsletter.aifd.cc/August_28_2020.html.

Aug 21: AIFD hosts this week’s Zoom event.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

ZOOM TIPS

John Bloom of HIFD has posted some good information on how to help better your virtual dance experience.

Also, the dance leaders would like to provide you with some ideas on how to have an easier time following us during our virtual dance sessions. For dances that move around a lot, try taking smaller steps and doing quick little pivots in place to face your screen again. Also, putting up a mirror opposite your monitor screen can assist you in viewing the dance leader while your back is to the screen.

Aug 14: Francis Danis

Frances Danis

Frances DanisIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Frances Danis, who passed away peacefully on Monday.

“She was a good friend & confidante, a joyful dance partner, a lover of life, and she cared deeply about people.

Frances handled her diagnosis and treatment of cancer over the last two and a half years with true grace, fortitude, and good humor.

She will be so missed and remembered dearly by everyone in her wide circle of friends.”.
(Thanks to John Scales for the picture. Click on picture to get larger size.)

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, Austust 14, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, August 13.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/August_14_2020.html.

Aug 7: AIFD hosts Zoom event.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

ZOOM TIPS

John Bloom of HIFD has posted some good information on how to help better your virtual dance experience.

Also, the dance leaders would like to provide you with some ideas on how to have an easier time following us during our virtual dance sessions. For dances that move around a lot, try taking smaller steps and doing quick little pivots in place to face your screen again. Also, putting up a mirror opposite your monitor screen can assist you in viewing the dance leader while your back is to the screen.


Want to be a ZOOM monitor?

Zoom monitorFor a complete list of duties, sign up link, contact information, and loads of other good stuff, check out the Google doc that Scott has prepared.

Want to sign up now? Here’s the link.

July 31: Come Zoom With Us!!

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, July 31, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, July 31.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/July_31_2020.html.

July 24: Zoom Events. Zoom Monitors.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

Zoom Monitor

Would you like to be an AIFD Zoom monitor?

July 17: Zoom events, Denise Fynmore.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, July 17, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, July 16.

Denise Fynmore

Get to know your dance leaders: Denise Fynmore.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/July_17_2020.html.

July 10: Zoom Events. Madeline Brock.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

Madeline Brock

Get to know your dance leaders: Madeline Brock.

Jul 3: Zoom events. Franklin Houston.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, July 3, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, July 2.

Franklin Houston

Get to know your dance leaders: Franklin Houston.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/July_3_2020.html.

June 26: Get to know your Treasurer

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

Meeting ID:
847 8053 8417
Password:
393160

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

Marcia Toprac

Get to know your board: our Treasurer Marcia Toprac introduces herself.

June 19: Get to know your Teaching Director

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, June 19, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by HIFD (Zoom link).

You can also find a Zoom link, as well as a complete lineup of music and teachers, on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, June 18.

A note about Zoom version:

Zoom now requires people to have version 5 or later of the client, so please consider upgrading in advance of the dance – launch the client, click upper right on your initials or picture and Check for Updates.

Lisa Horn Dielman

Lisa Horn Dielman

Get to know your board: our Secretary Daisy Lai introduces herself.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/June_19_2020.html.

June 12: Get to know your new Program Director.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, June 12, 7:30-9:30pm, Zoom link.

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. The complete lineup of dances and teachers will be available at here prior to the event.

Scott Margo

Scott Margo

Get to know your board: our Program Director Scott Margo introduces himself.

June 5: Get to know your new Secretary.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, June 5, 7:30-9:30pm, Zoom link.

This week’s event is hosted by HIFD. The complete lineup of music and teachers will be available on the HIFD website prior to the event. If you have any dance requests, please submit them to jnjbloom@gmail.com prior to noon on Thursday, June 4.

Daisy Lai

Get to know your board: our Secretary Daisy Lai introduces herself.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/June_5_2020.html.

May 29: Get to know your new VP.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

zoomThis Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, May 29, 7:30-9:30pm, Zoom link. If needed: Meeting ID: 895 2183 9294 Password: 847731.

This week’s event is hosted by AIFD. Kathleen McDonagh will be starting the evening at 7:30 sharp with some kid friendly dances. Here is the complete lineup.

Bill Brock

Get to know your board: our VP Bill Brock introduces himself.

Blast from the past: picture from 1974.

Online event updates.

City of Austin updates.

newsletter.aifd.cc/May_29_2020.html.

May 22: Message From Our New Prez!!!

In this week’s AIFD Newsletter:

Note from AIFD’s new president, Craig Roberts;

Update from the City of Austin;

Fun picture from Dena Houston;

Upcoming online events.

newsletter.aifd.cc/May_22_2020.html


This Friday’s AIFD/HIFD Folk Dance,
May 22, 7:30-9:30pm, Zoom link.

May 15: Election results.

Farewell note from our outgoing president.

In this week’s AIFD newsletter:

– AIFD Board Elections .. check out the results, pictures of outgoing and incoming board members, and message from Denise;

– City of Austin update;

– Zoom events;

And more fun stuff.

May 8: Jasmine

From Denise:

The City of Austin has begun to open up parks and outdoor activities. Please be safe and use masks and social distancing to protect yourself and others.

Denise FynmoreOur AIFD Board elections will take place this week. Please return your ballot promptly; we will announce the results of the election in next week’s Newsletter.

There continues to be LOTS of online folk dancing and other dancing available on ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. Check our Facebook page to see new events as they are added. AIFD’s first ZOOM dance last Friday was awesome!! We had great dance leaders, great dances, and LOTS of people.


Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Jasmine Guha Castle

We are sad to announce that on Monday, April 27, Jasmine Guha-Castle lost her long running battle against cancer. Jasmine grew up in Oxford, England, which is also where she met her husband, George. They moved to Austin several years ago. Jasmine and her daughter, Soraya (now 17), attended Texas Camp many times, and Soraya also accompanied Jasmine folk dancing nights at Hancock Center.

In addition to dancing, Jasmine enjoyed swimming at Barton Springs, walking dogs at animal shelters, and volunteering for the Miracle Foundation. She served as the AIFD secretary twice and often was the assistant DJ at AIFD. Jasmine had a warm heart for dogs and other animals, always having at least two at home. If you would like to make a donation in Jasmine’s memory please consider organizations that care for animals.


For more information, including details of this week’s AIFD Board Elections, check out this week’s AIFD newsletter.

Mar 27: Note from our Prez.

From the AIFD Board President:
Denise FynmoreWe sincerely hope and pray that all our AIFD dancers are faring well during this time of the COVID-19 virus. Travis County has instituted a shelter-in-place order that started Tuesday, March 24, a serious measure that is aimed at stopping transmission of the virus in order to “flatten the curve.” We urge everyone to follow this guidance as much as is possible, because the sooner the virus is stopped, the sooner we can get back to DANCING. We will not do this until we are 100% sure it is safe to do so. I miss folk dancing and my dancing friends, and I look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on any information on resuming folk dancing. Please take care and stay safe! – Denise Fynmore.

For more information, including links to upcoming events, AIFD Newsletter.

Nelda Drury

Nelda Drury
April 23, 1918 – February 21, 2019.
Nelda Drury It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Nelda Drury. Nelda left us peacefully on February 21st.

We extend our condolences to her daughter Elizabeth Newton and her son Jimmy Drury.

Nelda’s inspiration and passion for folk dancing cannot be overstated. A 1995 Ford Salute to Education Award summarizes this contribution nicely:

“Nelda Guerrero-Drury is recognized nationally and locally as one of the most prominent figures in performing arts – specifically International Folk Dance. She is an inspiring individual who has contributed over 40 years of her life teaching folk dance to many students and educators in San Antonio and throughout the world.”

Nelda was a founder of the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, which celebrates is 61st anniversary on March 14-17.

A wonderful biography of Nelda can be found on the socialfolkdance.org website.

A church service will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church on 211 Roleto Dr., Saturday March 9, 2-4 pm. Luncheon and dance after the service.