Feb 5: Madeline DJs, RosieLee assists.

Madeline BrockRosieLee SalinasEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by RosieLee Salinas.
Teaching: Come at 7:00 p.m. for another enjoyable and lively newcomers’ session led MisiKathleen McDonaghby Misi Tsurikov. Then, look for a fast-paced review of the Shim Sham, as Kathleen McDonagh wraps up her great teaching of this old American favorite.

Under constructionSwingsetHancock playground closed this week:
A Special note for parents: the Hancock playground will be off limits this week due to construction.

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Friday, February 5th
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)

January 29: Franklin DJs, David assists. More Shim Sham.

Franklin HoustonDavid LiangEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by David Liang.
Teaching: Come at 7:00 p.m. for another enjoyable and lively newcomers’ session led by Misi Tsurikov. MisiKathleen McDonaghLater, get ready to “boogie back” as Kathleen McDonagh continues her teaching of the Shim Sham. Whether you’re a “Tacky Annie” or “Shorty George”, you won’t want to take even a “half-break” from learning this vintage American dance from the early 20th century.

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Friday, January 29th
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)

January 22: Sharon DJs, Kathleen assists. Shim Sham!!!

Sharon CasteelKathleen McDonaghEnjoy a lively evening of dancing DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Assisting Sharon will be Kathleen McDonagh.
MisiTeaching: Come at 7:00 p.m. for an enjoyable newcomers’ session led by Misi Tsurikov. Then, don’t miss Kathleen’s featured teaching of Shim Sham, a vintage American dance from the early 20th century, recently taught at Texas Camp 2015.

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Friday, January 22nd
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)

January 15: John DJs, Gilberton assists.

John ScalesGilberto RiveraJoin us for a lively evening of folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Gilberto Rivera.
Madeline BrockMike Revesz Teaching: Come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy a delightful newcomers’ session led by Madeline Brock. Then, look for Mike Revesz’ review of Hot Cheeze, the Romanian dance he taught last week.

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Friday, January 15th
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.