November 1: El Dia De Los Muertos Celebration!!!!

Dia De Los Muertos Come join in the joyful celebration and remembrance of AIFD dancers past! The Texas Camp Band is providing live music for your dancing pleasure! Feel free to bring treats and eats for our potluck snack table. In keeping with the Dia de los Muertos theme, dancers are encouraged to paint their faces as sugar skulls and wear costumes. Here is an inspirational link for some sugar skull make-up designs.

Misi Tsurikov RosieLee SalinasMisi Tsurikov will DJ this fun event, assisted by RosieLee Salinas.

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Saturday, November 1st
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)

October 25: John DJs, assisted by Brenda. Holly teaches.

John ScalesBrenda BentonEnjoy a lively evening of request folk dancing DJ’d by John Scales. John will be assisted by Brenda Benton.
HollyTeaching: Come at 7:30 p.m. for a unique dance adventure — a ‘6 in 1′ class led by Holly Plotner. From lesnoto to cocek and in between, 6 dances that are really all the same dance. Kind of like a geometry proof!

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Saturday, October 25th
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)

Oct 18: Madeline DJs, assisted by Brenda and John.

Madeline BrockEnjoy a lively evening of request folk dancing DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Brenda Benton and John Scales. Brenda Benton
John Scales
GenevieveTeaching: Come at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy a rare treat — the delightful energy and spirit of a newcomers’ session led by Genevieve Kent!

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Saturday, October 18th
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.


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.

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.