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

Hot Summer!!!


Dancing involves a lot of close contact. 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 as soon as the dance is over, or declines to dance with you again, you should recheck your hygiene and attire before coming to dancing:

  • Wear comfortable, casual, clean, fresh attire for general folk dancing.Sweaty guy
  • Wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes.
  • Take a shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use a deodorant.

  • Avoid using strong perfumes or colognes.Sweaty woman
  • Don’t wear sharp jewelry, particularly rings.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid getting it caught in someone’s clothing or hair.
  • Keep your hands clean. If they get sweaty during dancing, or you’ve been eating snacks, go wash them.
  • If you perspire heavily during dancing, bring extra shirts and change them often.

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.

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!

Be The Tipping Point

(Note: “Be The Tipping Point” was a regular feature of the AIFD newsletter from June, 2012 through November, 2013. It is kept as an active post because it still linked to the newsletters from that period. The post references “Saturday night”. AIFD now meets on Friday nights. – AIFD Webmaster, May 26, 2019)

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.