Nov 24: No dancing at HRC.

No dancing at HRC.
Hope to see you at Texas Camp!!!
No dancing at HRC this week. Hope you join the festivities at Texas Camp.
Texas Camp 2017

Happy Thanksgiving wherever you spend it .. from AIFD.

Check out this week’s AIFD newsletter at newsletter.aifd.cc/November_24_2017.html.

Nov 17: Texas Camp Band!!!

CakeDumbeckThis Friday at dancing:
November Birthdays & Anniversaries!!
Live Music with Texas Camp Band!!
Franklin DJs, Mark assists.
Franklin HoustonMark Edwards Enjoy an evening of rollicking live music by the Texas Camp Band! This eclectic group of folk musicians is meeting in Austin to practice for camp, and this will be a special preview of the tunes they’ll be performing this year. We’ll also celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in November with song, dance, and cake. Franklin Houston will DJ this lively evening. Franklin will be assisted by Mark Edwards.
Teaching: Franklin Houston will review a collection of long-time popular Greek dances, first presented in October, that are quick to learn and fun to do. He will then leap to Ukraine to continue his teaching of the recreational version of the men’s dance, ARKAN.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, November 17, 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)

Nov 10: House Party!!!!

This Friday at dancing:
House Party at Stephanie’s.
Stephanie AndersonHancock Rec Center will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Join us instead at Stephanie Anderson’s house in central Austin, 4907 Lynndale Drive, for a potluck dinner beginning at 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Musicians are welcome (but not obligated) to bring their instruments. Her place isn’t huge, but we seem to be able to dance in small spaces.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.

Nov 3: John DJs, Janie assists, great teaching.

This Friday at dancing:
John DJs, Janie assists.
John ScalesJanie HopkinsJoin us a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Kathleen McDonaghHolly PlotnerTeaching: It’ll be an evening Joc-full of fun as Kathleen McDonagh begins with a review of Romanian dances Joc de Fete and Joc de Leagane. Later, Continuing to get us ready for camp, Holly Plotner will review the Bulgarian women’s dance Dobrudžanska Rŭka.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, November 3, 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)

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.