Dec 14: Birthdays and Anniversaries.

CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
Sharon DJs, Denise assists.
December Birthdays and Anniversaries.
Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this Friday DJ’d by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Denise Fynmore. Do you or someone you know have a birthday or anniversary in December? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake!

Holly PlotnerTeaching: Holly Plotner will review the Michael Ginsburg dances that she introduced the week before camp and then walk through a couple of camp dances.

Nana LopezContra: Our Contra this week will be done at 8:15 (just before announcements) and will be called by Nana Lopez.

For more information, including a link to a photo album from Texas Camp 2018, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, December 14, 7-9:45 pm.
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 7: Candle Light Trail.

Candle Light TrailChristmas candleThis Friday at dancing:
Candle Trail at Hancock!!!
John DJs, Mark assists.
This Friday the community is invited on this night to walk the lighted trail at Hancock, John ScalesMark Edwardsand then come inside for Santa and snacks. The Csardas Hungarian Dancers will also perform. This event is FREE to everyone, including folk dancers!John Scales will DJ this lively evening. He will be assisted by Mark Edwards.

Madeline BrockMichel_BregerTeaching: Madeline Brock, Michel Breger, and others will teach dances designed to inspire visitors to consider folk dancing.

For more information, including a link to a photo album from Texas Camp 2018, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, December 7, 7-9:45 pm. FREE for Candlelight trail. Hancock Recreation Center (HRC)

Nov 30: Holly DJs, David assists.

This Friday at dancing:
Holly DJs, David assists.
Holly PlotnerDavid LiangEnjoy a great night of dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by David Liang.

Kathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh will teach a couple of Greek and Romanian dances that Lee Otterholt taught at Texas Camp: Greek: Kali Tihi/Kali Tixi and Athela Mou. Romanian: Busuiocul.

For more information, including a link to a photo album from Texas Camp 2018, check out this week’s newsletter.


Friday, November 30, 7-9:45 pm.
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)

Nov 23: No dancing at HRC.

No dancing at Hancock this Friday,
November 23rd.
Thanksgiving

AIFD wishes you a Happy, Healthy, and Safe
Thanksgiving Weekend.

We’ll be back at HRC next week, November 30th. In the meantime, make sure to check out this this week’s newsletter.

From Our Prez

Tips for new, and not so new, dancers
from your president.
Denise FynmoreMy goal for all dancers on Friday nights is for them to spend as much time as possible doing the dances they enjoy. I want to give you a few tips here that may help you do that.

(1) Come at 7:00 for the teaching whenever possible.
(2) When you learn a dance you like, also learn the name of the dance. Write it down if necessary.
(3) Over the following weeks, request that dance by writing it on the request list on the music table.
(4) If you see a dance being done that you like, but don’t know it, ask someone or find the name on the board, then you can request that it be taught! There are now two forms at the music table:. One to request dances to be done that night and one to request dances to be taught.

We WANT you to request dances!! The programmers can’t read your mind, so let them know what you want. Yes, I know the dance names are difficult(!), but the names of the dances done each week are written on the board, so write them down or take a photo of the board. I have recently started including the names of dances taught the previous week in the newsletter, along with VIDEOS of them when available. This gives you the opportunity to review and practice at home. A website, folkdancemusings.blogspot.com, has the history, dance notes, and videos of almost every dance I’ve ever heard of, so you can look them up at home if you want to review or learn dances

Teaching requests?

From your AIFD Teaching Director:

Sharon CasteelIs there a dance you especially want to learn, or that you can’t quite get by following behind the line? Send your teaching requests to Sharon at teaching_director@aifd.cc; she’ll see what can go on the teaching schedule for summer and fall. – Sharon Casteel

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, Everyone is welcome at AIFD; we are kid-friendly and our dancers come from all walks of life.
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

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.