March 28: 1001 Nights Orchestra and Beats Class!!!

1001 Nights OrchestraMisiJoin AIFD for a great evening of folk dancing with music by 1001 Nights Orchestra as we celebrate the release of their new CD “Live from Austin, Texas: Music from the Middle East, Southwest Asia & the Balkans”, which will be on sale at the event. To help enjoy the terrific tunes of this talented band, 1001 Nights, along with the teaching and leading skills of Misi Tsurikov, will present a “Beats Class” repertoire, organizing dance pieces from the Middle East & the Balkans into a set that starts with beat 2/4 and goes Iola HallockMichel_Bregerall the way up to 18/8. Iola Hallock will DJ this fun evening, assisted by Michel Breger.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #10 of our spring Madeline2015 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, March 28th
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)

March 21: Sharon DJs, assisted by Dee.

Sharon CasteelDee McCandlessEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing with DJ Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #9 of Madelineour spring 2015 newcomers’ semester. MisiThe 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 in the evening Misi Tsurikov will teach Valle E Permetit (from Albania) and / or
Veliko Novosadsko (from Serbia), two of the dances introduced by Lee Otterholt at last week’s San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

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Saturday, March 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)

March 14: No dancing at Hancock. Hope to see you in San Antonio.

San Antonio Folk Dance FestivalAIFD won’t be meeting at Hancock Rec Center this coming Saturday. We hope you join the festivities at this year’s San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. We’ll be back at Hancock next week, March 21st.
(Can’t attend the entire festival .. at least try to make it to the incredible Saturday night concert.)

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March 7: Holly DJs, RosieLee assists, March birthday celebrations.

Holly PlotnerRosieLee SalinasEnjoy an energetic night of dancing with new favorites and blasts from the past. Holly Plotner will DJ this fun evening of dancing. She will be assisted by RosieLee Salinas.
CakeMarch Birthdays: Do you have a birthday in March? Do you know a fellow folk dancer who does? This week we will be celebrating those in our dance community who have birthdays in March – so speak if you do or know someone else who does. And be ready to enjoy some cake.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #8 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.

For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Saturday, March 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.