July 21: John DJs, Denise assists, Kathleen teaches.

This Friday at dancing:
John DJ’s, Denise assists.
John ScalesDenise FynmoreEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday, Our DJ will be John Scales. John will be assisted by Denise Fynmore.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: This week Kathleen McDonagh will present dances from one of her most favorite teachers, Yves Moreau. Her featured teaching will be Sabrali Sa Se, Sabrali, a Bulgarian women’s singing dance from the Rhodope region. Come prepared to sing along by downloading the lyrics.
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Friday, July 21, 7-9:45 pm
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)

July 14: Bastille Day Party!!!

French flagCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité!
Holly DJ’s, Janie assists.
Celebrate Bastille Day with your AIFD brothers and sisters. DJ Holly Plotner Holly PlotnerJanie Hopkinsand assistant Janie Hopkins will liberate your dancing soul with line and couple dances from France (and other equally great places ). We’ll also celebrate our fellow dancers who have a July birthday or anniversary with song, dance and the ‘let them eat cake’ portion of the program.

Sharon CasteelTeaching: Sharon Casteel will kick off the evening promptly at 7 with some fun teaching, including Žensko za raka.
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Friday, July 14, 7-9:45 pm
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)

July 7: America’s Birthday Party

Fireworks drawingFlag and fireworksThis Friday at dancing:
America’s Birthday Party!!!
Franklin DJ’s, Celsa assists.
Join us for another annual celebration of the founding of this experiment in liberty we callFranklin HoustonCelsa Sanchez America. Feel free to bring some good ol’ American snacks to share! Franklin Houston will DJ this fun evening. Franklin will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez. Franklin will include a selection of our favorite dances from the USA in the program.

“We would also like some volunteers to help put up decorations. No need to contact anyone, just show up around 6:45. – Thank you.”

Teaching: In honor of the recent birthday of our neighbor to the north,Sharon Casteel Sharon Casteel will teach two French Canadian dances, La Laine des Moutons and C’est une Jeune Mariée.
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Friday, July 7, 7-9:45 pm
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.