August 8: Polar Exposure and Birthday Night.

Madeline Brock
Kathleen McDonagh
Chill out at the height of summer as we take to high and mighty latitudes,Cake exploring the dances from our planet’s polar regions! We’ll also be celebrating August birthdays and anniversaries. Do you or a fellow folk dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come out and enjoy some cake! Madeline Brock will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing, assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.
Iola HallockTeaching: We continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! Beginning at 7:30, we will continue teaching our top 100 favorite dances. Later, Iola Hallock will review The Palindrome and The Battle Of Waterloo, taught at AIFD last week and introduced to us by John and Aylwen Gardiner-Garden at IFCC’s recent Regency dance workshop.

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


Saturday, August 8th
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)

August 1: Holly DJ’s, David assists.

Holly PlotnerDavid Liang Come celebrate August 1 with a program featuring 1 figure dances. Holly Plotner will DJ, assisted by David Liang.
MisiTeaching: We continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Misi Tsurikov will continue leading us through our top 100 favorite dances. Later, Misi will share a couple of fun dances taught by John and Aylwen Gardiner-Garden at IFCC’s Regency dance workshop last weekend


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


Saturday, August 1st
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)

July 25th: Franklin DJs, assisted by John

Franklin HoustonJohn Ramage Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by John Ramage. Franklin will be emphasizing old favorites, so everyone will be able to do lots of fun dances.
Rikki NicolaeTeaching: We continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Rikki Nicolae will continue leading us through our top 100 favorite dances.

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


Saturday, July 25th
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)

July 18: Mike DJs, David assists.

Mike ReveszDavid Liang Enjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by David Liang.
MisiTeaching: We continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Misi Tsurikov will continue leading us through our top 100 favorite dances.

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


Saturday, July 18th
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 election results

AIFD Board of Directors:
Thanks to the outgoing Board.
Welcome to the new 2015-16 Board.
MadelineIola HallockPresident:
Incoming: Madeline Brock.
Outgoing: Iola Hallock.
David LiangBrenda BentonVice President:
Incoming: David Liang.
Outgoing: Brenda Benton.
Mike Revesz and Kathleen McDonaghFranklin HoustonProgram Director:
Incoming: Kathleen McDonagh and Mike Revesz.
Outgoing: Franklin Houston.
John ScalesRosieLee SalinasSecretary:
Incoming: John Scales.
Outgoing: RosieLee Salinas.

MisiTeaching Director:
Misi Tsurikov will continue.
Michel_BregerTreasurer:
Michel Breger will continue.

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.


Code of Conduct

Announcing:
Austin International Folk Dancers
Code of Conduct.
Austin International Folk Dancers (AIFD) is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable experience for everyone at AIFD events. Working with the staff at Hancock Code of ConductRec Center as well as reviewing policies implemented by other groups, on July 11th, 2015, the AIFD board released its own Code of Conduct (link). If you have any questions about the policy, please feel free to contact an AIFD board member.