April 20: Live Music!

AIOLa StradaThis Friday at dancing:
Live Music Night!!!
Mike DJs, Mark assists.
Mike ReveszA bunch of folk musicians from AIO and La Strada are teaming up for a unique night of live music!Mark Edwards Anne Alexander, Jeff Kessel, Yosuke Kimura, Yoshimi Masuo, Dee McCandless, Holly Plotner, and Don Weeda will play a delightful selection of Scandi and international tunes for your dancing pleasure. Our DJ for this lively evening will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Mark Edwards.
Kathleen McDonaghMichel_BregerTeaching: Get ready for a live-ly night of dancing! Join us at 7 p.m. as Kathleen McDonagh teaches dances featured in the evening’s live sets. Later Michel Breger will teach Vrapcheto, an old Bulgarian favorite of AIFD.
For more information and other neat stuff, including an announcement of AIFD Board Elections on May 11, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, April 20, 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)

April 13: Holly DJs, Dee assists.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, Dee assists.
April Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Holly PlotnerDee McCandlessEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Dee McCandless. This week we’ll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in April with song, dance, and cake.
Teaching: Franklin Houston will again start the evening with Kacerac from Serbia. He’ll review theFranklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielman styling and variations from last week. We’ll then return to the USA for the Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin and Lisa Horn Dielman. Plan on having even more time to practice the steps that you’ve already learned, with perhaps a woman’s turn thrown in!
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, April 13, 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)

April 6: Sharon DJs, Janie assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJ’s, Janie assists.
Sharon CasteelJanie HopkinsEnjoy a lively evening of dancing this Friday DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Janie Hopkins.
Teaching: Come at 7 PM for a full hour of great dances. Franklin Houston will start the evening with Kacerac from Serbia.Franklin HoustonLisa Horn Dielman You won’t want to miss Franklin’s teaching of Serbian styling and an additional variation that livens up the dance! We’ll then return to the USA for a follow-up of the captivating Cross-Step Waltz, taught by Franklin Houston and Lisa Horn Dielman.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, April 6, 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)

March 30: Easter Bunny Hop!!!

Bunny RabbitBunny RabbitThis Friday at dancing:
Easter Bunny Hop!!!
Mike DJs, Jasmine assists.
Mike ReveszJasmine Guha-Castle“Let’s go to the Hop!” On March 30, we are having an Easter Bunny Hop – Come for all your favorite folk dances and, of course, a Bunny Hop! We will have plenty of chocolate snacks, AND we are negotiating with the Easter Bunny to make an appearance! Our DJ for this festive evening will be Mike Revesz. Mike will be assisted by Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Holly PlotnerTeaching: Holly Plotner will teach dances presented at the recent San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.
For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, March 30, 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)

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.