Feb 22: Birthdays and Anniversaries.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Kathleen assists.
February Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh. Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in February? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Lisa Horn Dielman and Franklin Houston will host the third of four 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk Franklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielmandancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point. Lisa and Franklin will review all of the dances from the first two weeks. After that, they will do a review of the dances taught in their four-week Cajun and Zydeco class. For everyone who needed just a little more practice, this is for you!
Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Marc Airhart.

For more information and loads of other fun stuff check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 22, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for thoshttp://aifd.cc/wp-login.phpe 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)

Feb 15: Valentine’s Day Dance

Valentine treeThis Friday at dancing:
Valentine’s Day Dance!!
Sharon DJs, Denise assists.
Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreCome and celebrate this day (one day late) with your friends at AIFD!! We will have LIVE MUSIC with La Strada (because we LOVE them). We will have lots of kisses — the chocolate kind! Wearing something RED is optional, but fun! Our DJ for this lively event will be Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.
Madeline BrockTeaching: Madeline Brock will kick off the evening with her second of four 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk dancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point.
Elizabeth StehlContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Elizabeth Stehl.
For more information and loads of other fun stuff check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 15, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for thoshttp://aifd.cc/wp-login.phpe 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)

Feb 8: Franklin DJs, Janie assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Janie assists.
Franklin HoustonJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will play a number of golden oldies, plenty of Cajun/Zydeco, and your favorite requests. He will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Madeline BrockTeaching: Madeline Brock will kick off the evening with her first of four 30 minute classes designed for newcomers to folk dancing and for those looking for a refresher on some basics. If you have friends or family who have wanted to try out folk dancing, this class is a great starting point.
Elizabeth StehlContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Elizabeth Stehl.
For more information and loads of other fun stuff check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 8, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for thoshttp://aifd.cc/wp-login.phpe 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)

Feb 1: Dee DJs, Lisa assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Cajun/Zydeco Class Wk 4
Dee DJs, Lisa assists.
Dee McCandlessLisa Horn DielmanEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Dee McCandless. Dee will be assisted by Lisa Horn.
Franklin HoustonTeaching: Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn-Dielman return for the fourth and final week of their 4-week course on Cajun and Zydeco couple dances. They’ll continue work on Baisse Bas, Cajun Waltz & Two-Step, and basic Zydeco. If the crowd is up for it, they’ll then teach basic moves of the Zydeco Two-Step and do an introduction of the Whiskey River Jitterbug, both from the 2018 Texas Camp.
Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:35 (just after announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.

For more information and loads of other fun stuff check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 1, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for thoshttp://aifd.cc/wp-login.phpe 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)

From Our Prez

Tips for new, and not so new, dancers
from your president.
Denise FynmoreMy goal for all dancers on Friday nights is for them to spend as much time as possible doing the dances they enjoy. I want to give you a few tips here that may help you do that.

(1) Come at 7:00 for the teaching whenever possible.
(2) When you learn a dance you like, also learn the name of the dance. Write it down if necessary.
(3) Over the following weeks, request that dance by writing it on the request list on the music table.
(4) If you see a dance being done that you like, but don’t know it, ask someone or find the name on the board, then you can request that it be taught! There are now two forms at the music table:. One to request dances to be done that night and one to request dances to be taught.

We WANT you to request dances!! The programmers can’t read your mind, so let them know what you want. Yes, I know the dance names are difficult(!), but the names of the dances done each week are written on the board, so write them down or take a photo of the board. I have recently started including the names of dances taught the previous week in the newsletter, along with VIDEOS of them when available. This gives you the opportunity to review and practice at home. A website, folkdancemusings.blogspot.com, has the history, dance notes, and videos of almost every dance I’ve ever heard of, so you can look them up at home if you want to review or learn dances

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.