Jan 18: Denise DJs, Jeff assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Cajun/Zydeco Class Wk 2
Denise DJs, Jeff assists.
January Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Denise FynmoreJeff KesselEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Denise Fynmore. Denise will be assisted by Jeff Kessel. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in January with song, dance, and cake.
Franklin HoustonLisa Horn DielmanTeaching: Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn-Dielman will continue their 4-week course on the basics of Cajun and Zydeco couple dances, including Two-Step, Waltz, Baisse Bas, and Zydeco. Toward the end of the course, they will introduce the easier variations of the Whiskey River Jitterbug and Zydeco that were presented at Texas Camp.
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, January 18, 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)

Jan 11: John DJs, Janie assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Cajun/Zydeco Class Wk 1
John Scales DJs, Janie assists.
John ScalesJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Teaching:This week Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn-Dielman kick off their 4 week Cajun and Zydeco class.Franklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielman They will focus on the dances that were taught at Texas Camp by Michael Seider. This will be a great time to learn and enjoy these dances if you didn’t attend Texas Camp!
Marc AirhartContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Marc Airhart.
For more information check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, January 11, 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)

Jan 4: Madeline DJs.

This Friday at dancing:
All Request Night
Madeline DJs.
Madeline BrockEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday DJ’d by Madeline Brock. This will be an ALL REQUEST evening, so come with the dances you’ve been longing to do.

For more information, including a link to a photo album from Texas Camp 2018, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, January_4, 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)

Dec 28: NYE Party (a couple days early)

BalloonsNew Years Eve hatThis Friday at dancing:
New Year’s Eve Party!!!
Trumpet
Help ring in the New Year a couple of days early!!! This is our last dance of 2018! Let’s make it a good one! The Texas Camp Band, with a few surprises thrown in, will provide LIVE MUSIC for the evening. There will be No Teaching so that we can start out at 7:00 in party mode!!

For more information, including a link to a photo album from Texas Camp 2018, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, December 28, 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)

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.