About the Program

2018 Mountain Folk Festival: April 5-7

A weekend of folk dancing and music for middle and high school youth dance groups to gather and share. Groups prepare in advance by learning the festival dances on their own.


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

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  • The Festival starts on Thursday evening, April 5, 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, reviewed and called by our dance leaders, such as Chrissy Davis-Camp, David Macemon, and Jennifer Escobar, 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 after party 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 at an additional cost and by pre-order. There is also an optional spaghetti supper available on Friday evening to raise funds for the local school-age dance group, Berea Festival Dancers, which tours nationally and internationally.
  • Groups stay in local motels which they arrange themselves with our assistance.


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

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Thursday, April 5, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday April 6, from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday, April 7, from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm.


Folk dance is a joyful and healthy way to celebrate life, create community, learn and practice social skills and courtesy, share fun and movement with friends and peers, experience and add to beautiful live music through choreographed movement. When you are on the dance floor, you are experiencing and enacting creativity, peace, sharing, and smiles. All of these reasons are why we still love to carry on this 81-year tradition!

How to learn these dances?

Leaders may order dance instructions, and links to files that include instructional videos and audio files of music to use for practicing the dances. The electronic “packet” may be ordered for $35 and may be furnished in hard copy for an additional fee.
Call Deborah Thompson at (859)985-3142 or email at thompsonde@berea.edu