July 4th: No dancing at HRC. Join us next week, July 11th.

Flag and fireworks Austin Parks and Recreation closes its rec centers on the 4th of July so employees can enjoy the holiday festivities. Have a great 4th of July. We’ll be back at Hancock on July 11th.

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June 27: Sharon DJs, assisted by John.

Sharon CasteelJohn RamageEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing with DJ Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by John Ramage.
MisiMadelineTeaching: We continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Misi Tsurikov will continue leading us through our top 100 favorite dances. Curious about the list as it grows? Visit this page to keep up with it and see what we’ve learned. Later that evening, don’t miss a special treat — Madeline Brock’s delightful teaching of Mindrele, a Romanian dance popular in our village (#75).

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Saturday, June 27th
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)

June 20: Father’s Day Solstice Celebration!!

Iola HallockLindsay OrlandoJoin a folk celebration of the masculine summer spirit. If you are so inspired, wear fancy belts, antlers, feathers or other masculine headdress to boost the mood. Dance requests from fathers and in honor of fathers take priority. Iola Hallock will DJ this lively event, assisted by Lindsay Orlando.
MisiTeaching: Come at 7:30 p.m. for more ‘Summer School – By Popular Demand!’ During the summer, we will teach many of our most popular dances, starting from #100 and working up to #1. Misi Tsurikov continues our journey to the top.

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Saturday, June 20th
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)

June 13: Madeline DJ’s, David assists.

Madeline BrockDavid LiangJoin us for a lively night of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by David Liang.
Teaching: This week, we continue Summer School – By Popular Demand! During the summer, we will teach many of our most popular dances, starting from #100 and working up to #1. Come at 7:30 p.m. for the second session, to be led by this week’s DJ, Madeline Brock.

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Saturday, June 13th
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 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.

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.