Feb 28: Live music with VaNa MaZi!!!

Enjoy a fantastic evening of folk dancing with Live music provided by VaNa MaZi. This talented group of localVaNa MaZi musicians have embraced some of our most favorite Balkan dance tunes and will add lots of energy and fun to our evening. John Scales will be our DJ this week. John will be assisted by John Ramage. John Scales
John Ramage
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #7 of Madelineour spring 2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular.

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Saturday, February 28tht
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Feb 21: Sharon DJs, assisted by Dee.

Sharon CasteelDee McCandlessJoin us this week for a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will start the evening with our sixth class of our spring 2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to Christian Cielearn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular. For our featured teaching, Christian Cie will continue her teaching of Wind On Loch Fyne, the Scottish set dance introduced at last week’s What We Love party.

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Saturday, February 21st
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Feb 14: What We Love Valentine’s Day Party!!!

Madeline BrockJoin us this week in celebration of the many things we love: earth, sun, friends, family, dancing, music,and the diversity of world culture. Live music will be provided by Slavadillo. The uber talented Madeline Brock will DJ this fun and memorable event. Madeline will be assisted by Brenda Benton and David Liang. Brenda Benton
David Liang
Teaching: Our spring 2015 newcomers’ semester continues! Misi Tsurikov will Misilead the fifth class of the semester beginning at 7:30 p.m. The semester presents Christian Cie dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn and enjoy folk dancing. Then, we are delighted to welcome Christian Cie in her teaching debut at AIFD! Christian will teach Wind on Loch Fyne, an enjoyable leisurely Scottish set dance with beautiful music.

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Saturday, February 14th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

February 7: February Birthday Celebrations!!!

Misi TsurikovMichel_BregerThis week at AIFD we will celebrate those dancers who have birthdays in February. DJ Misi Tsurikov will ensure a lively and fun evening. Misi will be assisted by Michel Breger.
Teaching: Misi Tsurikov will start the evening with our fourth class of our spring 2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular. Later that evening, Misi will continue introducing us to elements of Bhangra and learning our Rangla Punjab routine.

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Saturday, February 7th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

AIFD board follow up from last week.

The AIFD board is happy to report a positive outcome concerning our Hancock rental. Although the issue is not yet completely solved, AIFD faces an excellent chance for full resolution in 2015. For the time being, AIFD continues to call Hancock “home” through January 2015. You can help with the resolution in 2 simple ways.
First — please come to dancing! Your presence is not just a delight for all of us — it’s now one of our strongest bargaining points.
Second — please sign in, legibly and fully every time. The City tracks our sign-ins now, and needs all the info in those sheets.

An important announcement from the AIFD board.

Megaphone On November 6, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) notified AIFD of its intent to sharply raise the rental rate for Hancock Recreation Center (HRC). The AIFD board immediately met in person with PARD representatives to discuss the changes and their implications to AIFD. Look for additional communication from the board this week at dancing. Please come. We need AIFD member input and feedback to explore solutions.

CPR/AED certified

Are you CPR/AED certified?
Safety First! All dancers should know where the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located at Hancock. Even if you are not certified to operate the device, you Automated External Defibrillatorare encouraged to become familiar with its location next to the attendants desk. In the event of an emergency you could save a life simply by retrieving it for the emergency responder. If you are certified to operate the AED please let the Board know. The Board will not keep an official list, but would like to know who to turn to in the event of an emergency. Thanks!

Join Us!

The Austin International Folk Dancers meet almost every Saturday Night (7-11PM) at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E 41st St, in Austin Texas.


Everyone is welcome at AIFD, we are kid-friendly and our dancers come from all walks of life. We ask for a $5 donation to cover room rental from those 17 and up (where else can you have three hours of fun for that low a price these days?).

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.

We are often having intermediate teaching sessions and other special events! Please check our Teaching/Programming page or the Calendar for more information on upcoming events. Or feel free to Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for up to date information on what is happening at AIFD as well as information on fun dance events all over Austin and beyond!

Typical Saturday night schedule:

7:00-7:30 pm Equipment Setup – please come help out.
7:30-8:00 pm Teaching and walk throughs.
8:00-9:30 pm Request dancing.
9:30-9:45 pm Contra / announcements.
9:45-10:30 pm Request dancing.
10:30-10:45 pm Clean up.


AIFD Newsletter: Are you using Yahoo?

Yahoo logoAre you using a Yahoo email address? Over the past few months the AIFD newsletter has occasionally been bounced by Yahoo. The problem is not consistent. Some weeks nothing is bounced. Other weeks the newsletter is bounced for up to 20% of the Yahoo recipients. And when newsletters are bounced, it is not always the same Yahoo email addresses that are affected. If you are using a Yahoo email address and have occasionally not received the newsletter, you can always find a link to it on aifd.cc. Conversely, if you have a different email address you would like the newsletter sent to, please send an email from that address to newsletter_editor@aifd.cc. In the body of the message or the CC line please include the email address we should replace. The newsletter is sent on Thursday mornings. Thanks!! Bill Ogilvie, AIFD newsletter editor. October, 2014.