Jan 19: Franklin DJs, Kathleen assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Kathleen assists.
Couples Dance 101 starts!!!
Franklin HoustonKathleen McDonagh Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this week DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.
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Michel_BregerStephanie AndersonTeaching: In this first week of our 6-week Couples Dance 101 Series, Michel Breger and Stephanie Anderson will teach One-Step and Waltz, focusing on partnering skills to make the dances smooth and the turning enjoyable.
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Friday, January 19, 7-9:45 pm
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 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)

Jan 12: John DJs, Janie assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
John DJs, Janie assists.
January Birthdays and Anniversaries.
John ScalesJanie Hopkins Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this week DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Janie Hopkins. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in January with song, dance, and cake.
Teaching: The Arms Have It! Holly Plotner will kick things off with a review Lisa Horn DielmanHolly Plotnerof two Greek dances with interesting arm movements, Bafra Horonu and Hatzisteryos. Afterwards, Lisa Horn Dielman will review the Cross step waltz that Franklin taught recently. Please join in to help solidify what you’ve learned so far!
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Friday, January 12, 7-9:45 pm
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 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)

Jan 5: Sharon DJs, Jeff assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Jeff assists!!!
Sharon CasteelJeff Kessel Join us for a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Teaching: Be sure to come at 7 PM for a great slate of popular dances. Holly Plotner will start the evening with a welcome repeat of two Greek dances introduced in Texas by Joe Graziosi, Bafra Horonu and Hatzisteryios. These popular dances continue to challenge dancers with their distinctive hand movements. Following our trip to Greece, we’ll return to the USA for another session of the captivating Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn Dielman.
Holly Plotner Franklin Houston Lisa Horn Dielman
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Friday, January 5, 7-9:45 pm
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 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)

Friday, Dec 29: American International Heritage Ball!!!

This Friday at dancing:
American International Heritage Ball!!!
Let’s ring in the new year with our American International Heritage Ball. We will celebrate America with the music and dance of its many cultures.
  • 7 – doors open.
  • 7:30 – Grand March.
  • Formal Waltz.
  • Door gifts for all.
  • Dancing until 10:45!!!
New Years Eve hat

Music will be provided by both La Strada and the Texas Camp Band!!! Your best cultural or formal wear is encouraged, but, of course, not required. Flier.

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Friday, December 29, 7-10:45 pm
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 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

Join Us!

The Austin International Folk Dancers meet almost every Friday Night (7-9:45PM) at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E 41st St, in Austin Texas.


Everyone is welcome at AIFD, Everyone is welcome at AIFD; we are kid-friendly and our dancers come from all walks of life.
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

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.