Mountain Folk Festival

About the Program

The Mountain Folk Festival is a joyful celebration of community, tradition, innovation, friendship, music and movement. Youth from 4th to 12th grade are the focus for the weekend, with opportunities for adults in dance leadership as well. Participants and groups often return year after year, creating new friendships and deepening continuing relationships. Berea College’s Country Dance Programs sponsor this amazing weekend, which provides workshops in singing, dancing, and more for groups of young people. The festival has been held every spring since 1935, except for one year during World War II, spreading a love and knowledge of American, English, and Danish traditional dance.

For more information call (859) 985-3142.

2015 Mountain Folk Festival

Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11










Young Dancers from 4th grade through high school who come in dance groups from their school or other group, having learned the required dances, accompanied by their dance leader/teacher and chaperones.


The Festival starts on Thursday evening, April 9, with a community folk dance sponsored by Berea College’s Country Dancers and held on Main Street, weather permitting, or inside if necessary. Friday morning we begin with the Festival Dances, called by Bob Dalsemer, with youth dancing throughout the daytime and a community dance held in the evening. Saturday continues youth dancing during the day, including specialized workshops on such things as drawing, morris dance, Kentucky set running, or English country dancing. Saturday evening’s community dance begins with a gala processional with flowering branches, and ends with an informal afterparty once the dance ends at 9 pm. Dance classes and practices last all day, with breaks for meals. The whole festival registration costs $30 per dancer. T-shirts are available by pre-order. There is an optional $6 spaghetti supper to raise funds for the local school-age dance group which tours internationally. Groups stay in local motels which they arrange themselves with our assistance.


Most activities are held in Seabury Center or close by, on Berea College campus.


Mountain Folk Festival Group Picture



Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2015.


To educate the next generation of dancers to the joy of dance and carrying on a 79-year tradition of folk dance for young people at Berea College.


Dance instructions, music cd and dance DVDs may be ordered for $35.
Call Deborah Thompson at (859)985-3142 or email at

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