April 25: Franklin DJs, Dee assists.

Franklin HoustonDee McCandlessEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Dee McCandless.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 with class #14 of our spring Madeline2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular.

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Saturday, April 25th
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)

April 18: Misi DJs, David assists.

Misi TsurikovDavid LiangEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing DJ’d by Misi Tsurikov. Misi will be assisted by David Liang.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #13 of our spring Madeline2015 newcomers’Christian Cie semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular. Later in the evening Christian Cie will conclude her teaching of Wind On Loch Fyne.

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Saturday, April 18th
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)

April 11: La Strada!!! Mike DJs, Lindsay assists.

La StradaEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing with live music provided by La Strada!! La Strada plays several well known dance tunes and is always a blast to have at Saturday Night. For a taste of the great music in store for you, here is a snippet of the group performing at one of the farmers’ markets.Mike Revesz will DJ this fun evening. He will be assisted by Lindsay Orlando. Mike Revesz
Lindsay Orlando
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #12 of our spring Madeline2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way for newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular.

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Saturday, April 11th
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)

April 4: April Birthdays. Holly DJs, Brenda assists.

Holly PlotnerBrenda BentonEnjoy a fun night of folk dancing, with a possibility of April foolery, DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly’s assistant will be Brenda Benton.
April Birthdays: Do you have a birthday in April? Do you know a fellow folk dancer Cakewho does? This week we will be celebrating those in our dance community who have birthdays in April – so speak if you do or know someone else who does. And be ready to enjoy some cake.
Teaching: Madeline Brock will start the evening at 7:30 pm with class #11 of our spring Madeline2015 newcomers’ semester. The semester presents dance fundamentals and etiquette, introduced through some of our favorite folk dances. It is a great way forChristian Cie newcomers to learn what is so fun about dancing in general and folk dancing in particular. Special note: This week the focus will be on couple dances. Everyone is encouraged to come learn and help out. Later in the evening Christian Cie will teach Wind On Loch Fyne.

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Saturday, April 4th
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 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.


AIFD Newsletter: Are you using Yahoo?

Yahoo logoAre you using a Yahoo email address? Over the past few months the AIFD newsletter has occasionally been bounced by Yahoo. The problem is not consistent. Some weeks nothing is bounced. Other weeks the newsletter is bounced for up to 20% of the Yahoo recipients. And when newsletters are bounced, it is not always the same Yahoo email addresses that are affected. If you are using a Yahoo email address and have occasionally not received the newsletter, you can always find a link to it on aifd.cc. Conversely, if you have a different email address you would like the newsletter sent to, please send an email from that address to newsletter_editor@aifd.cc. In the body of the message or the CC line please include the email address we should replace. The newsletter is sent on Thursday mornings. Thanks!! Bill Ogilvie, AIFD newsletter editor. October, 2014.