June 24: Live Music with Shirley Johnson!!

Shirley Johnson Madeline Brock Christian Cie
Enjoy a fun evening of dancing to live music by the talented Shirley Johnson. Shirley’s repertoire includes a large number of our favorite tunes that will keep your feet moving. Our DJ will be Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Christian Cie.
HollyTeaching: Teaching: Holly Plotner will once again take us on a dancing journey through Greece. She will continue with tiz omal, island syrtos from Naxos and continue to other magical places in Greece. Later on she will review Issios. COME JOIN US!

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Friday, June 24th, 7-9:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

June 17: Mike DJs, RosieLee assists.

Mike ReveszRosieLee SalinasEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by RosieLee Salinas.
HollyTeaching: Holly Plotner will take us to Greece this week teaching the steps and, most importantly, the styling of a variety of Greek dances. She will begin the evening with Syrtos and Kalamatianos. Her dances will include dances from Naxos and other magical places in Greece.

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Friday, June 17th, 7-9:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

June 10: Sharon DJs, David assist. Birthdays!!!

Sharon CasteelDavid LiangDo you have a June birthday or anniversary or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to be serenaded and enjoy some delicious cake! This lively event will be DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by David Liang.
Teaching: Michel Breger will continue teaching two of AIFD’s long-time favorite German dances Michel_Bregerwith his lovely partner, Sandy. He will start with Zigeunerpolka (Gypsy Polka), a charming polka mixer. He will then finish his teaching of Marklander, a schottische with a number of fun variations. Hope to see you there!

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Friday, June 10th, 7-9:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 and over (16 and under free).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

June 3: Homegrown!!!

Home Grown Contra BandJohn ScalesCome enjoy a fun evening of dancing featuring live international and contra music by HOMEGROWN! They will be playing two sets of international music and one rockin’ contra! The members of HOMEGROWN are Anne Alexander (saz, hurdy gurdy, whistle, fiddle and percussion), Gilberto RiveraNorris Foster Harrell (keyboard and vocals), Holly PlotnerChristian Cie (fiddle and vocals), Joane Rylander (mandolin, percussion and vocals), Franklin Houston (trumpet, accordion and Moldvai flute), and Dena Houston (guitar and percussion). John Scales will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing. John will be assisted by Gilberto Rivera and Christian Cie.
Teaching: Michel Breger will teach two of AIFD’s long-time favorite German dances. Franklin HoustonMichel_Breger He will start with Zigeunerpolka (Gypsy Polka), a gentle polka mixer. Franklin Houston will then do quick walkthroughs of Devetorka (an easy Macedonian line dance) and Teton Mountain Stomp (a lively American mixer). Michel will wind up the teaching with Marklander, a schottische with a number of fun variations. Come join us!.

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Friday, June 3rd, 7-9:45 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 Friday Night (7-9:45PM) 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.

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.

Are you used to AIFD meeting on Saturdays? In coordination with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, AIFD moved to Friday nights starting October 2nd, 2015.

Code of Conduct

Announcing:
Austin International Folk Dancers
Code of Conduct.
Austin International Folk Dancers (AIFD) is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable experience for everyone at AIFD events. Working with the staff at Hancock Code of ConductRec Center as well as reviewing policies implemented by other groups, on July 11th, 2015, the AIFD board released its own Code of Conduct (link). If you have any questions about the policy, please feel free to contact an AIFD board member.