Dance Programs

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.


Dance Events open to the public 2016-2017
For more information call: 985-3558 or 985-3431

Dance Playshops
August 21

Country Dancers host a Street Dance
Thursday, August 23, 6-8PM
Main Street College Square
Free and open to the public

BMED Auditions
August 25, 5 p.m.
Dance Studio

Mountain Day
October 19
Indian Fort Theater

Afternoon Dance: Celebration of Traditional Music
Called by Randy Wilson, with music by the Kentucky Clodhoppers
All dances will be taught!
Woods Penn Commons
Free and open to the public

Berea Dances!
November 3, 8:00 PM
Seabury Upper Gym
Contact Deborah Thompson for information at 859-985-3142

Homecoming Berea FEST
November 12-13

Country Dancers Alumni Dance
November 13

KAHPERD Dance Gala
November 14

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

Rep Your City
February 18, 8:00 PM
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Country Dancers Convocation
March 1, 8:00 PM
Seabury Upper Gym

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

Kinetic Expressions 2017
March 30, 31, April 1, 8:00 p.m.
Seabury Arena

Spring Street Dance
March 30, 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Main Street (Woods Penn Commons Rain Location)

Mountain Folk Festival
March 30, 31, April 1
Seabury Upper Gym

Youth groups participate with pre-registration; evening dances open to the public, Friday, March 31 from 7:30-9:30 pm; Saturday, April 1 – gala processional begins at 7:15 pm, dance continues until 9:00 pm.
Contact Deborah Thompson for information at 859-985-3142

Morris Tour
April TBA
Location TBA around campus
Free and open to the public

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 or call George Oberst at 859-893-0457.

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. For more events and information:

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, at

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



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