Feb 23: Graduation Party!!!

Come celebrate the last class of our 6 week Couples Dance 101 Series with Live MusicHolly PlotnerJanie Hopkins by Don Weeda and Grammy Award Winner Paul Morrissett. They will play music for the dances that were taught in the class, as well as our usual International and Scandi favorites! Our DJ for this delightful evening will be Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Learn more about this week’s musicians:
Paul Morrissett
Paul Morrissett
Don Weeda
Don Weeda

Teaching: Michel Breger and Stephanie Anderson will teach the Texas Michel_BregerStephanie AndersonTwo-Step and the Waltz left turn, with special tips on how to make the turns comfortable and enjoyable. There will also be a review of the buzz-step turn and Schottische.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 23, 7-9:45 pm
Couples 101 class is free.
Afterwards, 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)

Feb 16: Valentine’s Rewind

Valentine treeValentine treeThis Friday at dancing:
Valentine’s Rewind Party!!
Sharon DJs, Kathleen assists.
Couples Dance 101 week 5!!
Sharon CasteelKathleen McDonaghValentine’s Rewind: Let’s commemorate the ups and downs of Valentines past by dressing quaintly and getting sentimental on the dance floor! Sharon Casteel will DJ this lively event. Sharon will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh.

Teaching: Couples Dance 101 week 5 – Madeline Brock, Stephanie Anderson and Michel Breger will introduce buzz-step turning and the Schottische. We will also review the previously taught couple dances (such as the Waltz and Polka) through easy fun mixers.
Madeline Stephanie Anderson Michel_Breger
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 16, 7-9:45 pm
Couples 101 class is free.
Afterwards, 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)

Feb 9: Mike DJs, Lila assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Mike DJs, Lila assists.
Couples Dance 101 week 4!!
February Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Mike ReveszLila LuceEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Lila Luce. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in February with song, dance, and cake.
Teaching: Couples Dance 101 week 4 – Stephanie Anderson and Michel Breger will Michel_BregerStephanie Andersonreview the Polka, Waltz and dancing with pivot turns, concentrating on comfortable and enjoyable movements. This will then be practiced in a Polka mixer (Zigeunerpolka), Scandinavian Snoa and the Schottische.
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Friday, February 9, 7-9:45 pm
Couples 101 class is free.
Afterwards, 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)

Feb 2: Madeline DJs, Denise assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Madeline DJs, Denise assists.
3rd week of Couples Dance 101!
Madeline BrockDenise FynmoreEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.
Michel_BregerStephanie AndersonTeaching: After reviewing the Waltz, Stephanie Anderson and Michel Breger will teach the Polka, focusing on comfortable and enjoyable turning. The teaching will continue with an introduction to pivoting with a partner. Remember, no partner needed to attend this class.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, February 2, 7-9:45 pm
Couples 101 class is free.
Afterwards, 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.