May 23: Back at HRC. John DJ’s, Kathleen assists.

John ScalesKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. The work on the ballroom floor is complete so we will be back at Hancock Recreation Center.
MadelineTeaching: From Madeline Brock: Dances taught this week will be from some of the countries we’ll be “traveling” to on our Danube Cruise Party on May 30. Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, May 23rd
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)

May 16: Dancing at Lila’s. Mike and David DJ.

Lila LuceEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing at Lila’s house!!!. Hancock Rec Center will be closed both on May 9th and 16th while the floor is redone. Lila has graciously volunteered her house for our dancing pleasure. Mike Revesz and David Liang will be the DJs. Lila will have drinks and wine available. If you are so inspired, please bring food to share. A tip jar will be available to collect money for future AIFD live music events.

Do you need Lila’s home address? Please email her at lila@aifd.cc.
Mike ReveszDavid Liang

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Saturday, May 16th, 7:30-10:45pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

May 9th: Dancing at Lila’s.

Lila LuceEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing at Lila’s house!!!. Hancock Rec Center will be closed both on May 9th and 16th while the floor is redone. Lila has graciously volunteered her house for our dancing pleasure. Lila will have drinks and wine available. If you are so inspired, please bring food to share. A tip jar will be available to collect money for future AIFD live music events.

Do you need Lila’s home address? Please email her at lila@aifd.cc.

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Saturday, May 9th, 7:30-10:45pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

May 2nd: Madeline DJs, assisted by Lila. Elections and cake!!

Madeline BrockLila LuceEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Lila Luce.

Elections and May B-day Celebration!!!
Ballot boxCakeAround 9:30 we’ll host AIFD elections and then bring out cake for those celebrating birthdays in May.

Teaching: Madeline will start the evening at 7:30 with class #15 of our 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.

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Saturday, May 2nd
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.