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 2012-2013
For more information call: 985-3142 or 985-3431

Country Dancers host a Street Dance
Wednesday, August 21, 6-8PM
Main Street College Square
Free and open to the public

Mountain Day
October 17
Indian Fort Theater

Afternoon Dance: Celebration of Traditional Music
Called by Randy Wilson, with music by the Kentucky Clodhoppers
All dances will be taught!
October 20, 3:30-5:00 pm
Woods Penn Commons
Free and open to the public

Berea Dances!
November 6, 8:00 PM
Seabury Upper Gym

Homecoming Berea FEST
November 10

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

Rep Your City
February 16, 8:00 PM
Phelps Stokes Auditorium

Country Dancers Convocation
March 19, 8:00 PM
Seabury Upper Gym

Berea Folk Gymnastics Club Spring Performance
April TBA
Seabury Center

Morris Tour
April 1, 5:30-6:30PM
Woods Penn Patio
Free and open to the public

Kinetic Expressions 2013
April 10, 12, 13 8:00 PM
Seabury Upper Gym
Tickets Required

Spring Street Dance hosted by Country Dancers
April 18, 6:30-8:30 PM
Main Street College Square
Free and open to the public

Mountain Folk Festival
April 19 & 20, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Seabury Center
Registration required for youth participants; see
Community members are welcome to attend the evening dances at the MFF.

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

Oh Contraire! Meets every 4th Saturday for contradancing (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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