Dance Events

Berea offers a wide range of dance opportunities, both performances and participatory dance events, on and off campus. Many on-campus performances are open to the public as well as the college community. Please see the page “Clubs and Organizations” for dance opportunities limited to Berea College students.

Every semester, dance classes and dance groups attend performances by professional dance companies, and a professional dance company occasionally performs on the college convocation series. Each year the Artists in Modern Motion (AIMM – formerly Modern Dance Troupe) hosts guest artists who teach classes and stage works for the Kinetic Expressions concert. The Country Dancers tour regionally, nationally, and internationally, and love to share traditional dancing with area schools and host street dances for the public. Berea Middle Eastern Dance performs at local festivals and conferences.

During Black History Month, many dance groups, led by the EYCE Step Team, perform in Rep Your City, a part of the Carter G. Woodson weekend welcoming high school students visiting Berea College. Every fall, all nine dance groups collaborate to produce Berea Dances!, an inspiring evening celebrating the joy of movement to music conferences.

Berea College Dance Programs
Dance Events open to the public 2015-2016
For more information call: 985-3142 or 985-3431

Dance Playshops

Country Dancers host a Street Dance

Mountain Day

Afternoon Dance: Celebration of Traditional Music
All dances will be taught!
Woods Penn Commons
Free and open to the public

Berea Dances!
Seabury Upper Gym
Contact Deborah Thompson for information at 859-985-3142

Homecoming Berea FEST

Christmas Country Dance School
December 26 – 31 Seabury Center
Registration required; see for more information

Rep Your City
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Country Dancers Convocation
Seabury Upper Gym

Contact: Deborah Thompson for information at 859-985-3142

Morris Tour
Free and open to the public

Kinetic Expressions
Seabury Center Arena
Contact Sarah Downs for information at 859-985-3738

Spring Street Dance hosted by Country Dancers
Main Street College Square (rain location Woods Penn Commons)
Free and open to the public

Mountain Folk Festival
Seabury Center Upper Gym

Youth groups participate with pre-registration; evening dances open to the public
Contact Deborah Thompson for information at 859-985-3142

Danish Gymnastics Spring Performance
Seabury Center Upper Gym

The community surrounding Berea College offers many dance opportunities as well, all with modest entrance fees:

Oh Contraire! Meets every 4th Saturday for contra dancing (except during Christmas week) at the Acton Folk Center on Jefferson Street, Berea. See info at

Third Friday Contra Dances at the home of Howard and Shirley Carlberg, 128 N. Broadway, Berea, starts at 9 PM, ends at midnight. Open mic and band, open calling, maybe even some singing! Contra, Irish, English, various other kinds of dances. Delicious snacks.

The Folk Circle Association sponsors several different dance events through the year, such as the Levi Jackson Dance Weekend in September, the Danish American Christmas Party in December, as well as a Valentine Ball in February. English Country, Danish, contra & square dances included.

There are also many dance groups in Lexington where you can enjoy swing, waltz, tango, contra, English, and square dancing. For more information, see the Lexington Traditional Dance Association website

Here is another website with up-to-date information on dances in Kentucky: