Sep 30: Franklin DJs, Jeff assists, Robert teaches.

Franklin HoustonJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Teaching: Come to teaching this week for Italian / American night. Robert Sampson Robert Sampsonwill once again be teaching an old-time favorite Italian dance, Graziella Mazurka. He will follow that dance with the featured teaching of 6-count swing. This is the basic step for all country western and east coast swing dancing. Dancing and communicating with a partner will be emphasized. Robert will rotate partners often so that everyone will be able to dance. Teaching begins at 7.

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Friday, September 30th, 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)

Sep 23: Mike DJs, David assists, Robert teaches

Mike ReveszDavid LiangEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by David Liang.
Teaching: Come to teaching this week for Italian / American night. Robert Sampson Robert Sampsonwill be teaching an old-time favorite Italian dance, Graziella Mazurka. He will follow that dance with the featured teaching of 6-count swing. This is the basic step for all country western and east coast swing dancing. Robert will emphasize how to dance and communicate with a partner. Teaching begins at 7.
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Friday, September 23rd, 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)

September 16: John DJs, RosieLee assists.

John ScalesRosieLee SalinasEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by RosieLee Salinas.
Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Travel again with Kathleen McDonagh to Romania to learn dances that celebrate weddings, births, and everything in between. Her featured teaching will be Ina Ina, an Aromanian dance with hints of Macedonian, Greek and Bulgarian influences, originally presented by Christian and Sonia. Teaching begins at 7 PM.

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Friday, September 16th, 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)

September 9: Holly DJs, Celsa assists.

Holly PlotnerCelsa SanchezDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in September? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! Holly Plotner will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing. She will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: Travel with Kathleen McDonagh to Romania to learn dances that celebrate weddings, Kathleen McDonaghbirths, and everything in between. Her featured teaching will be Ina Ina, an Aromanian dance with hints of Macedonian, Greek and Bulgarian influences, originally presented by Christian and Sonia. Teaching begins at 7 PM.

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


Friday, September 9th, 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)

A Summer Message From The AIFD President.

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. Because of this, there are certain things to do before you come to dancing that involve basic hygiene:
  • Be sure your hands are clean; if they get sweaty during dancing, go wash them! Also wash them if you’ve been eating snacks.
    Sweaty guy
  • Take a shower.
  • Wear clean clothing. We mean it.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.
  • Use a deodorant. End of story.
  • 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 once the dance is over and refuses to dance with you again, take the hint.
    Sweaty woman
  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing.
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • During dancing, don’t wear sharp jewelry, such as engagement rings, and keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone’s loose clothing or long hair.

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, 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.

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.

Are you used to AIFD meeting on Saturdays? In coordination with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, AIFD moved to Friday nights starting October 2nd, 2015.

Be a folk dance ambassador.


AIFD bus cardJuly 13, 2013: AIFD has printed a bunch of business cards. Board members will gladly equip you with your very own stack. Simply ask a Board member at Saturday night dancing. Feel free to distribute them as you bump into people who show interest. If you are so inspired, you can also print your own cards. You can find the template at aifd.cc/business_cards.pdf.