December 9: Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Holly PlotnerDee McCandlessThe 9’s have it! The December 9 program will feature some of our favorite dances in 9. Holly Plotner will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing. She will be assisted by Dee McCandless. Do you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in December? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!
Rikki NicolaeTeaching: Rikki Nicolae will present some of the magical Turkish dances that Ahmet Luleci taught at this year’s Texas Camp. Hop on your magic carpet and fly over to AIFD this Friday to learn these exciting dances. Teaching begins at 7 PM.

For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, December 9th, 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)

December 2: Candle Light Trail. FREE!!!

John Scales Join AIFD and Austin Parks and Rec for the 2016 Holiday Candle Light Trail celebration! Walk among thousands of luminarias that will line the trails of the golf course, then come inside for some hot chocolate, cookies, and lots of great folk dancing. Look for teaching and Kathleen McDonaghwalkthroughs of our fun, crowd-pleasing dances. You will also be treated to a performance by the Csardas Hungarian Dancers! This event will be FREE, so be sure to invite your friends. The candle light trail opens at 6:30.John Scales will DJ this fun evening. He will be assisted by Kathleen McDonagh

MadelineTeaching: SANTA’S TEACHING ELVES are coming to AIFD! In celebration of Hancock Recreation Center’s Holiday Candle Trail Open House, Rikki Nicolaewe will have a special teaching program to welcome all of Santa’s visitors (young and old alike). Santa’s Elf Kathleen McDonagh will teach children’s dances and Elf Rikki Nicolae will teach Turkish dances from Texas Camp. Elf Madeline Brock and Elf Michel Breger will also delight us with their wonderful teaching. Michel_BregerTeaching will be interspersed with our regular evening dances so that everyone will have lots of “dancing fun”. Please come welcome newcomers and enjoy an evening with some of your favorite dances to “dance the night away”.

For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, December 2nd, 7-9:45 pm
Free – due to Candle Light Trail.
Those under 18 must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Nov 25: No dancing at HRC. Happy Thanksgiving!!

AIFD wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving, where ever and how ever you celebrate it.
Thanksgiving
We will return with a regular formatted newsletter next week.

For loads of neat upcoming events and other info, check out this week’s newsletter.

Nov 18: Live Music with Texas Camp Band!!!

Madeline BrockCelsa SanchezEnjoy an evening of live music provided by the Texas Camp Band!!! Musicians who will be playing at camp will be converging in Austin to practice for camp, and the rest of us benefit as they perform at Friday night dancing. Madeline Brock will DJ this fun evening. She will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: Franklin Houston will be presenting Kolo Hour again this week. Kolos are Franklin Houstondances from the former republic of Yugoslavia that are usually (but not exclusively) done in open or closed circles without partners. Franklin will share his love of the old-time kolos that came from the cities and towns in Serbia – the “old town dances” called “starogradske igre.” The featured teaching will be U Šest, the most popular dance in Serbia and found in cities and villages alike. U Šest is so popular that Serbs just call it “kolo!”

For more information and other neat stuff, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, November 18th, 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)

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.

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.