May 18: Homegrown

HomegrownTrumpetThis Friday at dancing:
Live Music with Homegrown!
John DJs, Mark assists.
Join us for a lively evening that will include live music as Homegrown plays two sets of international music. Homegrown is truly homegrown,John ScalesMark Edwards made up of Austin musicians who have been playing together for many years – Anne Alexander, Norris Foster Harrell, Holly Plotner, Joane Rylander, Franklin Houston, and Dena Houston. Come spin, twirl, and hop to their music and be a part of the dance excitement that is AIFD. Our DJ this week will be John Scales. John will be assisted by Mark Edwards.
Teaching: We’ll do walkthroughs as needed and upon request.
For more information and other neat stuff, including election results from last week, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, May 18, 7-9:45 pm.
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)

May 11: ELECTIONS!!!

CakeBallot boxThis Friday at dancing:
May Birthdays, Anniversaries, and ELECTIONS!!!
Holly DJs, Denise assists.
Join us for a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly Holly PlotnerDenise Fynmorewill be assisted by Denise Fynmore. During the evening we will conduct the elections for the 2018-19 AIFD Board of Directors. We will also celebrate May Birthdays and Anniversaries with song, dance, and cake!!!
Teaching: We’ll do walkthroughs on request.
For more information and other neat stuff, including an announcement of AIFD Board Elections on May 11, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, May 11, 7-9:45 pm.
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)

May 4: Franklin DJ’s, Jeff assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Jeff assists.
Franklin HoustonJeff KesselDo you long for the good old days when you knew every dance that was played? Well, our DJ, Franklin Houston, will try to make that happen. He’s planned an entire evening of long-existing but still popular dances that everyone will enjoy. Franklin will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Robert SampsonTeaching: This week Robert Sampson will wrap up his teaching of the lively Israeli couples dance Atzay Hatsaftsafot. This fun dance includes several couples turns, so make sure to wear shoes that slide smoothly on the dance floor.
For more information and other neat stuff, including an announcement of AIFD Board Elections on May 11, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, May 4, 7-9:45 pm.
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)

April 27: Madeline DJs, Kathleen assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Madeline DJs, Kathleen assists.
Madeline BrockKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of All Request dancing. Our DJ this week, Madeline Brock, will try to play whatever is on the request list! Madeline will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. During the evening we will be serenaded by Women Singing: Anne Alexander, Charlotte Harris, Holly Plotner, Dee McCandless, Kathleen McDonagh, and Joane Rylander.
Teaching: This week and next Robert Sampson will teach the lively Israeli couplesRobert Sampson dance Atzay Hatsaftsafot. This fun dance includes several couples turns, so make sure to were shoes that slide smoothly on the dance floor.
For more information and other neat stuff, including an announcement of AIFD Board Elections on May 11, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, April 27, 7-9:45 pm.
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.