Feb 23: Lisa DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/February_23_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, February 23, 7-9:45, at AIFD:


This week’s program:

Lisa Horn DielmanDonna BakerEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Rebecca HampleTeaching: This week Rebecca Hample will review Hai Ne Ne Ne that Emily Doubt taught last week. Emily will be out of town, and sends her “grapiest” wishes. By request, there will also be a Shimmy by Lisa lesson. If we have time, Rebecca will teach another dance. Join us to see what it will be!

Michael Martin Baker

Michael_Martin_BakerThose who danced with AIFD in the 1990s may remember Leslie Robson Gompf and Bob Gompf. It is with great sadness that we annouce the passing of Leslie’s oldest son, Michael Martin Baker. A nice tribute to Michael is included in the announcement of a gathering of family & friends for Michael on Saturday, February 24, 2024 beginning at 1:00 PM at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, Texas 78752, followed by a celebration of life gathering at 2:00 PM.

Feb 16: Franklin DJs, Jeff assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/February_16_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, February 16, 7-9:45, at AIFD:


This week’s program:

Franklin HoustonJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Teaching:

Emily Doubt Misi Tsurikov Rebecca Hample
This week join us as Emily Doubt teaches Hai Ne Ne Ne, a dance we learned at camp from Roberto Bagnoli. Also, Misi Tsurikov will review Branle Gai Alsacien. Rebecca Hample will review An Dro, taught by Franklin last week, and continue with other related dances, aka ‘The An Dro Sisters’.

Feb 9: Holly DJs, Pearl assists

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/February_9_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, February 9, 7-9:45, at AIFD:


Holly PlotnerPearl OlhssonEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson.

Rebecca HampleTeaching: This week Rebecca Hample will review Shantel, which she taught last week. In addtion, and in support of all the new folks who have joined AIFD, she will review some of AIFD’s favorites.

Feb 2: Homegrown International!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/February_2_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, February 2, 7-9:45, at AIFD:


Homegrown International

John ScalesDee McCandlessOur DJ this week will be John “Janos” Scales. John will be assisted by Dee McCandless

Rebecca HampleTeaching: This week Rebecca Hample will teach one of our favorites: Shantel. Shantel may be new or review for you, and we can all enjoy doing it together. (You may remember it was on the schedule at the end of December, but that didn’t work out, so we will do it this week.) If time permits, we will add another fun dance. Be ready to dance right at 7, as teaching will end at 7:45 this week. Looking forward to see you all!

Jan 26: January Birthdays!!! Misi DJs!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/January_26_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, Jan 26, at AIFD:


CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing we’ll celebrate January Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Misi TsurikovOur DJ this week will be Misi Tsurikov.

Teaching throughout January:

Stephanie Anderson John Scales Franklin Houston

Teaching: Stephanie Anderson and John Scales will guide us over the final hills and through the woods of Odina Jonsson’s Bakmes to review the partnering skills and turning steps we’ve worked on this month. Franklin Houston will start at 7PM with his Bulgarian dance tour, warming up with Pravo, Četvorno, and Eleno Mome, followed by some easy Kopanica variations and a teaching of Krivo Slivniško.



Jan 19: Live Music with 1001 Nights!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/January_19_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, Jan 19, at AIFD:


Madeline BrockJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Live Music!!!
1001 Nights OrchestraThis week!!! come dance to the lively tunes of 1001 Nights Orchestra!!!

Teaching throughout January:

Stephanie Anderson John Scales Franklin Houston

Join us throughout January for Bakmes and Balkan! Stephanie Anderson and John Scales will guide us over the peaks of Scandinavian dance to help us elevate our partnering skills as we learn Odina Jonsson’s Bakmes. Franklin Houston will continue his tour of Bulgarian dance rhythms. We’ll start right at 7, warming up with Pravo and Četvorno, then explore Kopanica and Krivo Slivniško. Time permitting, we’ll even take a look at Eleno Mome!



Jan 12: Janos DJ’s, Pearl assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/January_12_2024_flex.html:

This Friday, Jan 12, at AIFD:

John ScalesPearl OlhssonEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by John “Janos” Scales. John will be assisted by Pearl Ohlsson.

Teaching throughout January:

Stephanie Anderson John Scales Franklin Houston

Join us throughout January for Bakmes and Balkan! Stephanie Anderson and John Scales will guide us over the peaks of Scandinavian dance to help us elevate our partnering skills as we learn Odina Jonsson’s Bakmes. Franklin Houston will lead a magical mystery tour through the enchanted forest of Bulgarian dance rhythms found in Pravo Trakiysko Horo, Kopanica, Krivo Slivniško, Eleno Mome, and Jove Male Mome. Be there and B squared in January!



Kaye Roth memorial: Saturday, Jan 13:
Kaye RothIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kaye Roth. A memorial service for Kaye will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757. The service will be followed by an informal reception on church grounds.

Jan 5: Anthony DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/January_5_2024_flex.html:

Anthony TopracDonna BakerThis Friday at AIFD: Enjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Anthony Toprac. Anthony will be assited by Donna Baker.

Teaching throughout January:

Stephanie Anderson John Scales Franklin Houston

Join us throughout January for Bakmes and Balkan! Stephanie Andersonand John Scales will guide us over the peaks of Scandinavian dance to help us elevate our partnering skills as we learn Odina Jonsson’s Bakmes. Franklin Houston will lead a magical mystery tour through the enchanted forest of Bulgarian dance rhythms found in Pravo Trakiysko Horo, Kopanica, Krivo Slivniško, Eleno Mome, and Jove Male Mome. Be there and B squared in January!



Dec 29: Masquerade Ball!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_29_2023_flex.html:

This Friday!!!
New Year’s Masquerade Ball party!!!
Masquarade Ball 2023Come celebrate the New Year on Friday, December 29 at the Masquerade Ball! There will be Live Music by the Texas Camp Band, light refreshments, and wonderful dancing. Wear a masque and dress up, wear your favorite International costume, or come as you are. We will have a few extra masques if you need one. Hope to see you there!!

Teaching:
Join us for a pre-party New, Do and Review of some of the dances the Camp Band will be playing. Rebecca Hample, Misi Tsurikov and Franklin Houston will review Shantel, Ziguenerpolka, Hora Veche, and Dramskoto. Everyone is welcome to join whether these dances are new or review for you!

Rebecca Hample Misi Tsurikov Franklin Houston

Kaye Roth:
Kaye RothIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kaye Roth. A memorial service for Kaye will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757. The service will be followed by an informal reception on church grounds.

Kaye Saves The Day!!!!
– a memory of Kaye by Dena Houston.

Dena HoustonOne Sunday afternoon, Franklin and I hosted an AIFD potluck supper at our house. Those were the days before potlucks were organized, so potluck really meant “luck”. Almost everyone had arrived and we had only desserts and salads. The serving table was resplendent with everything but a main dish. We then noticed Kaye walking up to our house carrying a huge covered serving dish. The smell of Kaye’s homemade lasagna preceded her. When she came in, everyone applauded. Kaye saved the day!


Dec 22: Lisa DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_22_2023_flex.html:

Lisa Horn DielmanDonna BakerThis Friday at AIFD: Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Teaching: Misi TsurikovRebecca HampleTeaching: In New, Do and Review this week Misi Tsuriko and Rebecca Hambple will review Corlu and Maple Leaf Rag, and teach Ada’s Kujawiak #1. All are welcome to join!


Dec 15: Madeline DJs, Jeff assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_15_2023_flex.html:

Madeline BrockJeff KesselThis Friday at AIFD: Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Misi TsurikovRebecca HampleTeaching: Come enjoy another installment of New, Do, Review as Misi Tsurikov and Rebecca Hample teach Maple Leaf Rag from Texas Camp 2023.


Dec 8: Lisa DJs,

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_8_2023_flex.html:

Lisa Horn DielmanPearl OlhssonThis Friday at AIFD: Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson.

Misi TsurikovFranklin HoustonTeaching: In this week’s New, Do and Review we will have more dances from around the world that were taught at Texas Camp. Lisa will review Evangelina from Mexico, which she taught last week, Franklin Houston will teach Krivo Slivniško from Bulgaria, and Misi Tsurikov will teach Branle Gai Alsacien from France. All are welcome!

Csardas Hungarian DancersThis week we will be treated to a performance by Austin’s own Hungarian group Csardas!!!


Dec 1: Janos DJs, Kathleen assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_1_2023_flex.html.

John ScalesKathleen McDonaghThis Friday at AIFD: Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ John (Janos) Scales. John will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Teaching: This week’s teaching will include presentations/reviews of dances taught at last week’s Texas Camp!!!


Nov 24: Texas Camp!!! No dancing at HRC.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_24_2023_flex.html.

Thanksgiving_Snoopy
AIFD will not meet at HRC this week.
Hope to see you at Texas Camp!!!

Nov 17: Texas Camp Band!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_17_2023_flex.html.

Dumbeck
Trumpet
Texas Camp Band plays!!

This week enjoy the lively danceable tunes of Texas Camp Band as members practice for Texas Camp!!!

Lisa Horn DielmanPearl OlhssonOur DJ for this lively event will be Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson.


Nov 10: No dancing – Veterans’ Day

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_10_2023_flex.html.

This week (Nov 10) AIFD will not meet. HRC will be closed for Veterans’ Day.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Halloween Party (on 10/27) a great success!!
Halloween Party at AIFD
Click on picture for larger image. Thanks to Peggy Wingate for providing the photo.

Link of the week:
For this week’s Link of the Week enjoy a video taken by Misi Tsurikov of last Friday’s Day of the Dead performance at AIFD by La Strada!!!
…And thanks to everyone who helped make this a fabulous success!!!
La Strada


Nov 3: Day of the Dead Party!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_3_2023_flex.html.

Day of the Dead Party!!!

Day of the DeadLa StradaThis Friday we are celebrating the Day of the Dead, and remembering all the teachers who have given us dances, music, and an understanding of different cultures through the years. If you’d like to bring a picture or other remembrance of a special teacher who was this person for you, we’ll have an Ofrenda table and you can place it there.

La Strada is providing live music, and we’ll have sparkling water, cookies, and, of course, some candy! See you all there!

Madeline BrockDonna BakerOur DJ for this lively event will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Donna Baker.



Oct 27: Halloween and Bday Celebrations!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_27_2023_flex.html.

We’re celebrating two things this week at AIFD:
PumpkinCakeHalloween–so come in costume!
Birthdays in October!
We’ll be serving cake and sparkling water, so come and enjoy the party!!

Madeline BrockFranklin HoustonOur DJ this week will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Franklin Houston. She’ll be playing some spooky tunes for our dances

Robert SampsonTeaching: Everyone is welcome for another session of New, Do and Review. This week Robert Sampson will review the East Coast Swing he taught last week.


Oct 13: Madeline DJs, Janos assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_13_2023_flex.html.

Madeline BrockJohn Scales
This Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by John (Janos) Scales.

Madeline teachingTeaching: Come on time for another session of New, Do and Review! We will be teaching dances to prepare for our live music night on November 3rd.

Oct 6: Lisa DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_6_2023_flex.html.

Lisa Horn DielmanDonna Baker
This Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Rebecca HampleMadeline BrockTeaching: This week in New, Do and Review Rebecca Hample will review Salty Dog Rag, which she taught last week. Then Rebecca and Madeline Brock will teach some of the dances requested in the Please Teach notebook. Join us to see what dances they will be! All are welcome!

Sep 29: Misi DJs, Jeff assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_29_2023_flex.html.

Misi TsurikovJeff KesselThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Madeline teachingTeaching: Come enjoy this week’s session of New, Do, and Review.

CakeCakeAlso this week we’ll celebrate September Birthdays and Anniversaries!!!

Sep 22: Dee DJs, Misi assists, Rebecca teaches.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_22_2023_flex.html.

Dee McCandlessMisi TsurikovThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Dee McCandless. Dee will be assisted by Misi Tsurikov.

Rebecca HampleTeaching: Rebecca Hample will lead this week’s session of New, Do and Review.

Sep 15: Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_15_2023_flex.html.

Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. This week’s program will be devoted to a tribute to Yves Moreau.

ShimmyTeaching: In this week’s session of New, Do and Review, Kathleen will teach dances that Yves Moreau introduced.

Sep 8: Lisa DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_8_2023_flex.html.

Lisa Horn DielmanDonna BakerThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Madeline BrockTeaching: Join Madeline Brock this week for New, Do and Review to learn some fun dances as we move into Fall.

Sep 1: Robert DJs, Anthony assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_1_2023_flex.html.

Robert SampsonAnthony Toprac
This Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Robert Sampson. Robert will be assisted by Anthony Toprac.

ShimmyTeaching: Join us this week for New, Do and Review as we recap the summer fun and learn something new!


Aug 25: GypsyCaravan!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/August_25_2023_flex.html.

Madeline BrockJohn Scales
This Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by John (Janos) Scales.

GypsyCaravanWe’ll be treated to the Live Music of GypsyCaravan!!! GypsyCaravan plays authentic Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Jewish, Jazz, Latin, Arabic, Gypsy, Slavic and World fav. You can find them on Facebook at facebook.com/gypsycaravansa

Teaching: Come to New, Do and Review to review some of the dances that will be done by GypsyCaravan. All are welcome!


Aug 18: Franklin DJs, Lisa assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/August_11_2023_flex.html.

Franklin HoustonLisa Horn DielmanThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Lisa Horn Dielman.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Come to New, Do and Review for a review of Jaimale by Kathleen McDonagh. We will also learn some of the dances that will be done by GypsyCaravan on August 25. All are welcome!


Aug 11: Anthony DJs, Pearl assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/August_11_2023_flex.html.

Anthony TopracPearl OhlssonThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Anthony Toprac. Anthony will be assisted by Pearl Ohlsson.

Robert SampsonTeaching: This week join Robert Sampson as he brings two requested dances to New, Do and Review – Western Trio Mixer and Never on Sunday. Look forward to more dances to keep up the skills we have already learned and to prepare for fun events to come!



Aug 4: Lisa DJs, Franklin assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/August_4_2023_flex.html.

Lisa Horn DielmanFranklin HoustonThis Friday!!! Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Franklin Houston.

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Rebecca HampleMisi TsurikovTeaching: This week in New, Do and Review Rebecca Hample and Misi Tsurikov will teach something that has been requested – partnering! Come to learn, practice and have fun dancing together.



July 28: Madeline DJs, Kathleen assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/July_28_2023_flex.html.

Madeline BrockKathleen McDonagh
Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

1001 Nights OrchestraLive Music!!! This week we’ll be treated to the live music of Don Weeda and the 1001 Nights Orchestra.

Madeline teachingTeaching: To get the most out of 1001 Nights Orchestra, the evening will kick off with a review of the dances the band will play. Everyone is encouraged to arrive in time for the first hour.

July 21: Robert DJs, Jeff assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/July_21_2023_flex.html.

Robert SampsonJeff KesselEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Robert Sampson. Robert will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Kathleen McDonagh1001 Nights OrchestraTeaching: Come this Friday to learn one of the dances from our Please Teach request book – Jaimalé, taught by Kathleen McDonagh. Also this week and next week we will do and review dances that Don Weeda and his band 1001 Nights will play live on July 28. Everyone is encouraged to join the First Hour Fun!

July 14: John DJs, Pearl assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/July_14_2023_flex.html.

John ScalesPearl OlhssonEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John (Janos) Scales. Janos will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson.

Madeline teachingTeaching: Preview of the First Hour: Ever wondered what all the talk is about condiments and insect sounds in folk dancing? Come this Friday to learn Mixed Pickles and the Buzz Step Turn with Madeline Brock! Then you will learn some dances with those steps. These two steps happen so often in folk dancing, they will be a great ones for everyone to New, Do and Review!

July 7: Misi DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/July_7_2023_flex.html.

Misi TsurikovDonna_BakerEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Some of AIFD's teachersTeaching: This week we will continue the New, Do and Review. We encourage dancers of all experience levels to join in the fun. You might learn something new, it’s always good to review the basics, and we will enjoy doing the dances together.

June 30: Franklin DJs, Misi assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/June_30_2023_flex.html.

Franklin HoustonMisi TsurikovEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing. Our DJ this week will be Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Misi Tsurikov.

Rebecca HampleTeaching: This week Rebecca Hample and Misi Tsurikov will conduct the New, Do and Review. We encourage dancers of all experience levels to join in the fun. You might learn something new, it’s always good to review the basics, and we will enjoy doing the dances together.

June 23: Holly DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/June_23_2023_flex.html.

Holly PlotnerDonna_Baker
Enjoy a fun evening of folk dancing. Our DJ this week will be Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Teaching: This week we will continue our New, Do and Review session with more dancing fundamentals. We encourage dancers of all experience levels to join in the fun. You might learn something new, it’s always good to review the basics, and we will enjoy doing the dances together.

June 16: Homegrown International!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/June_16_2023_flex.html.

Madeline BrockJeff KesselEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’s by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Homegrown International BandMarc AirhartSome of our dance tunes will be provided by Homegrown International. Homegrown International will also provide the music for this week’s contra, which will be called by Marc Airhart.

Teaching: This week we will continue our New, Do and Review sessionRebecca Hample with more dancing fundamentals. We encourage dancers of all experience levels to join in the fun. You might learn something new, it’s always good to review the basics, and we will enjoy doing the dances together. We will also review some of the dances that will be performed by Homegrown International. – Rebecca Hample

June 9: Lisa DJs, Pearl assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/June_9_2023_flex.html.

Lisa Horn DielmanPearl OlhssonLisa Dielman will be our DJ this week. She will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson.

Teaching: This week we will continue our New, Do and Review sessionRebecca Hample with more dancing fundamentals. We encourage dancers of all experience levels to join in the fun. You might learn something new, it’s always good to review the basics, and we will enjoy doing the dances together.

June 9 and 16 we will also be reviewing some of the dances that Homegrown International will be playing live on June 16.

Rebecca Hample (our new Teaching Director).

June 2: Franklin DJs, Anne assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/June_2_2023_flex.html.

Franklin HoustonFranklin Houston will be our DJ this week. He will be assisted by Anne Alexander. Come join them for some of your old favorites as well as some surprises!

Upcoming Live Music: On June 16, Homegrown will be providing live music for the evening.

May 26: We’re at Go Dance!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/May_26_2023_flex.html.

Go DanceThis week, May 22-26, HRC is closed for maintenance. So on Friday, May 26, we will meet at the Go Dance studio, 2525 W Anderson Ln #530, Gallery room, in Northcross Mall. The entrance is on the west side, next to Guitar Center. Please read the “Studio Use Policy” below.

Madeline BrockDonna_BakerOur DJ this Friday, May 26, will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Misi TsurikovRebecca HampleTeaching: Just like last week, Misi and Rebecca will tag-team to bring you informal walkthroughs of our favorite dances — likely focusing heavily on Greek, so you can be ready for Austin Greek Festival (see right)!

Studio Use Policy:
● Any furniture that is moved must be returned to the original location at the end of the
rental time. Client is responsible for the cost of replacing any equipment damaged at their
event.
● Food and drinks are not allowed on the wood dance floors.
● Tap shoes (or anything else that could damage the wood floors) are not allowed.


May 19: Misi DJs, Anne assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/May_19_2023_flex.html.

Misi Tsurikov
This week, May 19, join AIFD for a fun evening of folk dancing. This week’s DJ will be Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by Anne Alexander.

Teaching: Look for more tag-team teaching of our favorite dances from Rebecca, Madeline, and Misi!

Teacher Appreciation 2023Our Teacher Appreciation Night was a blast! Each teacher was given an orchid and led their favorite dance. Pictured are Emily, Rebecca, Lisa, Kathleen, Madeline and Misi. Missing are Holly and Franklin who are represented by an orchid with a mask, and a pair of tennis shoes in front of an orchid for our picture. Hooray, these teachers are fabulous! – Peggy Wingate.


Congratulations to AIFD’s new Board of Directors for 2023-4!!!

  • President: Madeline Brock
  • Vice president: Jeff Kessel
  • Secretary: Peggy Wingate
  • Treasurer: Marcia Toprac
  • Teaching director: Rebecca Hample
  • Program director: Misi Tsurikov

Thanks to the outgoing board:

  • President: Bill Brock
  • Vice president: Madeline Brock
  • Secretary: Peggy Wingate
  • Treasurer: Marcia Toprac
  • Teaching director: Misi Tsurikov
  • Program director: John Scales


May 12: AIFD Board Elections

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/May_12_2023_flex.html.

Question markPearl OlhssonThis week, May 12, join AIFD for a fun evening of folk dancing. Our DJ is still TBD. Pearl Olhsson will assist.

Teaching: This is not only election night … it’s also teacher appreciation night! We’ve had a fantastic corps of teachers in the last 12 months, and we will honor them throughout the night for their teaching talents.

May 5: Franklin DJs, Donna assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/May_5_2023_flex.html.

Franklin HoustonDonna_Baker
This week, May 5, join AIFD for a fun evening of folk dancing with DJ Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Donna Baker.

Slavadillo silly
Live Music!!! This week we will also be treated to the lively and danceable music of Slavadillo!!!

dance circleTeaching: Come early for some dances that will warm you up and get your feet jumping! Franklin will begin the evening by leading a number of recently-taught dances and some personal favorites (that range from easy to “not-so-easy.”) 😉 Then get ready for some familiar favorites performed by Slavadillo!

Apr 28: Lisa DJs, Jeff assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/April_28_2023_flex.html.

Lisa Horn DielmanJeff Kessel
This week, April 28, join AIFD for a fun evening of folk dancing with DJ Lisa Horn Dielman. Lisa will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

Our next Live Music event is on May 5, 2023–Slavadillo!

Ballot box
AIFD Board Elections 2023-24:

  • Elections will be held at our membership meeting at dancing on May 12, 2023.
  • We have a list of nominations – see below!
  • Other nominations can also be made until election night. We will announce these in the newsletter, on election night, or both.

Current nominations:

  • President: Madeline Brock
  • Vice president: Jeff Kessel
  • Secretary: Peggy Wingate
  • Treasurer: Marcia Toprac
  • Teaching director: Rebecca Hample
  • Program director: Misi Tsurikov

If you would like to run for the board, please contact Bill Brock at president@aifd.cc.


Current board.
Board positions and responsibilities.

Apr 21: DJ, teaching, board nominees

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/April_21_2023_flex.html.

Dee McCandlessMark Edwards
This week, April 21, we are back at Hancock Recreation Center (HRC). Our DJ will be Dee McCandless. Dee will be assisted by Mark Edwards.

Rebecca HampleTeaching: This week, don’t miss Rebecca Hample reviewing some of the SAFDF 2023 dances that she brought to you in past weeks — and, possibly, a touch-up review of Zigeunerpolka!

Go Dance was a success!!! we had a great evening of dancing last week at Go Dance, with more than 30 dancers in attendance.

Our next live music event is on May 5, 2023–Slavadillo!


Ballot box
AIFD Board Elections 2023-24:

  • Elections will be held at our membership meeting at dancing on May 12, 2023.
  • We have a list of nominations – see below!
  • Other nominations can also be made until election night. We will announce these in the newsletter, on election night, or both.

Current nominations:

  • President: Madeline Brock
  • Vice president: Jeff Kessel
  • Secretary: Peggy Wingate
  • Treasurer: Marcia Toprac
  • Teaching director: Rebecca Hample
  • Program director: Misi Tsurikov

If you would like to run for the board, please contact Bill Brock at president@aifd.cc.


Current board.
Board positions and responsibilities.

Dec 30: NYE Party!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_30_2022_flex.html.

Madeline BrockLa Strada
Celebrate New Years a day early!!!
Madeline Brock will DJ this fun evening of dancing. Live music will be provided by La Strada!!!

Dec 23: Happy Holidays from AIFD. HRC closed this week.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_23_2022_flex.html.

Christmas Hanukkah etc

Happy Holidays from AIFD.

No dancing at HRC this week.
We’ll be back next week, December 30th!!!

Dec 16: AIFD Holiday Jubilee!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_16_2022_flex.html.

HRC 2022 Jamboree
Hancock’s Holly Jolly Jamboree and Toy Drive!!
Join AIFD this Friday as we teach cultural dances as part of the 2022 Jamboree. Hancock’s Holly Jolly Jamboree & Toy Drive is the perfect time to meet your neighbors, enjoy some holiday crafts, and make a toy donation for a child at the Helping Hand Home. Come join us on Friday, December 16, 2022 from 6-9 pm for an evening of live music, cultural dances, and hot chocolate. This is a free event. For full details check out the event website.

John ScalesJeff KesselOur DJ for this special event will be John Scales. John will be assisted by Jeff Kessel. Several folks will teach and demonstrate dances to the community. This is a great opportunity to show how much fun dancing is and encourage folks to become regular Friday night attendees.

Dec 9: Holly DJs, Lila assists, Camp Dances

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_9_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, December 9, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Holly PlotnerLila LuceHolly Plotner DJs, Lila Luce assists. From Holly: “Tx Camp Highlights! We’ll dance through many of the new introductions from Camp.”

Teaching: Last week we began teaching dances from Texas Camp 2022… this week we continue! Come and enjoy learning from the thrilling teaching trio of Rebecca Hample, Emily Doubt, and Kathleen McDonagh!

Rebecca Hample Emily Doubt Kathleen McDonagh

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Dec 2: Franklin DJs, Kathleen assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/December_2_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, December 2, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Franklin HoustonKathleen McDonaghFranklin will be our DJ and Kathleen will assist. Franklin will play a mixture of old classics, dances from Texas Camp 2022, and of course your requests.

Misi TsurikovTeaching: This week we begin teaching many of the fun and wonderful dances that Yves Moreau, France Bourque-Moreau, Roo Lester, and Ahmet Lüleci taught us at Texas Camp 2022. Come and enjoy new dances and new teachers!

Nov 25: Happy Thanksgiving. See you at camp.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_25_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, November 25:
No dancing – Hope to see you at Texas Camp, either in person or online.

Texakolo 2022
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Full details at tifd.org

Nov 18: Texas Camp Band!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_18_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, November 18, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Madeline BrockLila LuceMadeline Brock DJs. Lila Luce assists.

Dumbeck Trumpet
Texas Camp Band plays!!
This week enjoy the lively danceable tunes of Texas Camp Band as members practice for Texas Camp!!!


Megaphone old styleNo Dancing at HRC next week, November 25.
Hope to see you at Texas Camp.

Nov 11: No dancing at HRC – Veterans Day.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_11_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, November 11: No dancing – Hancock Rec Center closed in honor of Veterans Day.

Nov 4: Dee DJs, Franklin assists, Lisa teaches.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/November_4_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Franklin HoustonDee McCandlessDee McCandless DJs. Franklin Houston assists.

Lisa Horn_Dielman
Teaching: Come at 7 pm sharp so you don’t miss any of Lisa Dielman’s fun and friendly newcomer sessions! We may see an influx of new folks who found out about AIFD at Polkapocalypse 2022, and there’s no better way to welcome them than with Lisa’s great teaching.


Megaphone old styleNo Dancing at HRC next week, November 11.
Hancock Rec Center will be closed.

Oct 28: Halloween Party!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_28_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, October 28, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Madeline BrockPearl OlhssonGet ready for our Halloween Party, DJ’d by AIFD’s high priestes of fun, Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Pearl Olhsson. Costumes encouraged! AIFD will provide cookies and drinks.

Oct 21: Holly DJs, Kathleen assists, Madeline teaches.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_21_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, October 21, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghTexas Camp Preview Program! Holly Plotner will be our DJ this week. Holly’s program will focus on dances from this year’s Texas Camp teachers: Ahmet, Roo, Yves and France. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Madeline BrockTeaching: Come at 7 pm so you don’t miss more excellent dance teaching and reviewing from Madeline Brock!

Oct 14: ??? DJs, Dee assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_14_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, October 14, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Question markDee McCandlessWe don’t have a DJ yet, but absolutely will by Friday. (S)He will be assisted by Dee McCandless.

Madeline BrockEmily Doubt
Teaching: Come at 7 pm for Madeline Brock’s wonderful teaching! You will see many of our favorites, such as Arap, Orijent, Tino Mori, Bal De Jugon, and Mindrele. Then, later in the evening, don’t miss Emily Doubt reviewing the dances she recently taught — Valle Jarnana and Batjovata Baldazka!

Oct 7: Slavadillo!!!

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/October_7_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, October 7, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Live Streaming!!!
zoomThis Friday folk dancing at AIFD will also be the openning event for
SAFDF – Fall weekend ZOOM festival and will be live streamed over Zoom!!!

Madeline BrockJeff KesselOur DJ this week will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.

SlavadilloThis week we will be treated to the lively tunes of Slavadillo!!

Lisa Horn_DielmanTeaching: Come at 7 pm to enjoy more exciting and excellent teaching from Lisa Dielman. Lisa will teach Jianul de la Slanic and review Salty Dog Rag.

Sep 30: Mike DJs, Kathleen assists, Emily teaches.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_30_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, September 30, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

Mike ReveszKathleen McDonaghOur DJ this week will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Emily Doubt
Teaching: Come at 7 pm for Kathleen’s review of the dances she taught us last week — Jaimale (French Israeli), Kleftes (Greek), and Kotlensko Oro (Macedonian). Then, we are delighted to welcome Emily Doubt in her teaching debut at AIFD! Beginning at 8:30 pm, she will teach us Valle Jarnana (Albanian) and Batjovata Baldazka (Bulgarian).

Slavadillo
Pssst…
Next week Slavadillo plays!!!

Sep 23: John DJs, Robert assists, Kathleen teaches.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_23_2022_flex.html.

This Friday, September 23, 7:00-9:45, join AIFD for a fun evening of international folk dancing at HRC. $5 at the door (18 and up).

John ScalesRobert SampsonOur DJ this week will be John Scales. John will be assisted by Robert Sampson.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: We continue fulfilling your teaching requests! This week’s featured teacher is Kathleen McDonagh, who will teach Jaimale (a French-Israeli dance), Kleftes (from Greece), and Kotlensko Oro (from Macedonia). Kathleen will also call the contra during one of the Homegrown International sets.

HomegrownHOMEGROWN INTERNATIONAL plays at AIFD this week!!! More details here.

Sep 16: Franklin DJs & teaches. Dee assists.

This week’s newsletter: newsletter.aifd.cc/September_16_2022_flex.html.

Franklin HoustonDee McCandlessOur DJ this week will be Franklin Houston. Franklin will feature “core” dances that everyone can do, as well as some of his more challenging favorites. He’ll be assisted by Dee McCandless.

Teaching: Franklin will also be doing the teaching program. Come at 7 pm for a review of Zdrobuleánka (Moldvai csango), Strumička Petorka (Macedonia), Pop Marinko (Serbia), and Tropnalo Oro (Macedonia).