Aug 26: Franklin DJs, Lila assists.

Franklin HoustonLila LuceEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Franklin Houston. Franklin will be assisted by Lila Luce.
Teaching: Bob Leibman is a nationally recognized expert on the Bob_Leibmanvillage dancing of Macedonia and East Serbia. He will be presenting dances of the Krsteno (crossing step) family of Macedonian dance. His featured dance will be Beranče. We are so fortunate to have Bob in our dance village! Teaching begins at 7 PM.
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Friday, August 26th, 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)

August 19: Holly DJs, Jasmine assists, Bob teaches.

Holly PlotnerJasmine Guha-CastleEnjoy a fun evening of folk dancing DJ’d by Holly Plotner. Holly will be assisted by Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Teaching: Bob Leibman is a nationally recognized expert on the Bob_Leibmanvillage dancing of Macedonia and East Serbia. He will be presenting dances of the Krsteno (crossing step) family of Macedonian dance. His featured dance will be Beranče. We are so fortunate to have Bob in our dance village!

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Friday, August 19th, 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)

Aug 12: Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Sharon CasteelJeff KesselDo you or a fellow dancer have a birthday or anniversary in August? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! Sharon Casteel will be our DJ for this lively evening of dancing. She will be assisted by Jeff Kessel
Madeline BrockTeaching: This week Madeline Brock will be presenting the dances of Bobbi Gillotti. Bobbi was a beloved member of our folk dance village. She left a legacy of folk dances that are still popular at AIFD today. Madeline’s featured teaching will be Mindrele from Romania. Teaching begins at 7 PM.

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Friday, August 12th, 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)

August 5: Disney Costume Party!!!

Let’s have a ball evoking the magical, folksy storytelling of Disney movies! Whether you’re a Peter Pan, Madeline BrockCelsa SanchezEsmeralda, Simba, or Lilo, come merrily dance the night away in the bedazzling halls of Hancock. What’s more, the members of Slavadillo will prepare and present a special, sumptuous suite of live music! Enjoy an extra hour of dancing this week as we wrap up at 10:45, rather than 9:45. This fabulous evening will be DJ’d by Madeline Brock. Madeline will be assisted by Celsa Sanchez.
Teaching: For our Disney party, the teaching schedule will Micky Mousebe a little different. From 7 to 7:30, Mickey Mouse will be doing some quick run-throughs of popular dances that appeal to new and experienced dancers. The regular teaching program will resume on August 12!

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Friday, August 5th, 7-10:45 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)

A Summer Message From The AIFD President.

Dancing involves a lot of close contact. Because of this, there are certain things to do before you come to dancing that involve basic hygiene:
  • Be sure your hands are clean; if they get sweaty during dancing, go wash them! Also wash them if you’ve been eating snacks.
    Sweaty guy
  • Take a shower.
  • Wear clean clothing. We mean it.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.
  • Use a deodorant. End of story.
  • If you notice that your partner is hesitant to get into proper dance hold, is holding his or her breath, bolts from the dance floor once the dance is over and refuses to dance with you again, take the hint.
    Sweaty woman
  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing.
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • During dancing, don’t wear sharp jewelry, such as engagement rings, and keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone’s loose clothing or long hair.

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.