New information for CCDS 2020 available by July 1

We all hope for a return to a normal life soon where we can gather to make music and sing and dance together. Nevertheless, we don’t know what will happen in December, and Christmas Country Dance School could be cancelled. If necessary, we will make that decision in the fall. In the event of cancellation, all payments will be refunded. Please watch this site for new updates.

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Country dancing and other folk arts such as folk drama, storytelling, singing, and crafts are wonderful activities for teachers, youth leaders, recreation personnel, and everyone else! Christmas Country Dance School, devoted to the practice and enjoyment of authentic folk material, helps everyone find usable materials for recreation programs, teaching situations, or personal benefit.

The week begins with an evening dance on December 26th. Daily classes offer a variety of English, American, and Danish dance, music, song, and craft traditions. Graded classes are offered, so beginners are given the special attention they need, while experts are provided with new insights and inspiration.

Evenings are filled with dancing and Parlor, a time of sharing songs, stories, and special talents.

The week concludes with a gala New Year’s Eve dance.

The carefully selected staff generously give their time, knowledge, and experience to make the week one of the finest folk arts courses available. Live music is used throughout the School, adding much to the pleasure and merriment.

Christmas School offers dance leadership courses for adults and a limited number of select teenagers. Ages 13–17 accepted with parent or guardian.

Held on the beautiful campus of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky

Traditional dance, music, song & crafts since 1938


Please Take Note!

Three of the evening programs are open to the public – December 26th, 28th, and 30th.

Admission is $20 at the door.

December 27th, 29th, and 31st (New Year’s Eve) are NOT OPEN to the public (registered participants only).



Joe Tarter

Program Advisors

Atossa Kramer
Brad Foster
Katy German


Berea College
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Web Admin

Bruce Spencer