August 30: “It’s my birthday!!!!”

Sharon CasteelBrenda Benton“It’s my birthday and I’ll play what I want to …. you’d DJ too if it happened to you!” Help Sharon Casteel fulfill her birthday wish of playing her favorite folk dance tunes (which will likely be yours as well) as she DJ’s this fun evening. Sharon will be assisted by Brenda Benton.
Teaching:
MadelineDon’t miss this evening’s wonderful newcomers’ session led by the vivacious and talented Madeline Brock — beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m.!

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Saturday, August 30th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

August 23rd: 2-3 Party!!!

Holly PlotnerLila LuceTo celebrate the popular date of August 23 we will have a 2-3 program featuring 2 and 3 figure dances. There will also be some chains of 2 or 3 related dances. Wear your favorite 2 (or 3) shoes and dance the night away! Holly Plotner will DJ this lively evening, assisted by Lila Luce.
FranklinKathleen McDonaghTeaching: Franklin Houston will kick off the evening promptly at 7:30 with a fun newcomers’ session. Franklin will take us back to Slavonia for more jiggling with the “mixed pickles” step. He’ll review the dances he taught recently and add one or two more so that we’ll have lots of opportunities for doing this fun step. Later, Kathleen McDonagh will review Gavotte D’Honneur, the French line dance she introduced last week.

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Saturday, August 23rd
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

August 16: John S. DJs, assisted by Michel. Great teaching planned.

John ScalesMichel_BregerEnjoy a great evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Michel Breger.
MisiKathleen McDonaghTeaching: Misi Tsurikov will lead newcomers’ session beginning at 7:30 p.m. Then — by your request — Kathleen McDonagh will teach Gavotte D’Honneur, a French line dance.

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Saturday, August 16th
7:30-10:45 pm
$5 at the door 17 & older. 16 & under free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

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.


Be a folk dance ambassador.


AIFD bus cardJuly 13, 2013: AIFD has printed a bunch of business cards. Board members will gladly equip you with your very own stack. Simply ask a Board member at Saturday night dancing. Feel free to distribute them as you bump into people who show interest. If you are so inspired, you can also print your own cards. You can find the template at aifd.cc/business_cards.pdf.

Be The Tipping Point

In his book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell writes about how the cumulative effect of small forces can result in a dramatic change when a threshold is crossed (the tipping point). The wonderful turnout at our recent 50th anniversary celebration reminds us all what a vibrant, exciting, joyful place Austin International Folk Dancers can be when we all come together as a community to dance. To build on that success, we appeal to everyone in AIFD to join our campaign to “Be the Tipping Point.” Commit to making small changes in how we participate in our dance community.

Each week, our newsletter will contain a “Be the Tipping Point” suggestion. Some may be simple (”arrive 10 minutes earlier for dancing”) or more challenging (”learn to lead a dance”), silly (”dance backwards”) or serious (”remind someone how much you enjoy seeing them at dancing”). Some you may already be doing; others may not be possible for you right now. We hope, though, that the suggestions may prompt us all to think about one or two small, positive changes we can make ourselves.

We all have the power and the responsibility to make Saturday night dancing the experience we want it to be. Small changes *can* make a big difference. Be the Tipping Point for AIFD!

Do you have a “Be the Tipping Point” suggestion or personal story to share? E-mail us at contact@aifd.cc.