CCDS 2020

We realize that it is highly unlikely that we will be able to have Christmas School this year, but we will hold off cancellation for a while in the hope that a miracle vaccine will suddenly be available to all. To that end we recommend that you wait until October before sending in registration or booking travel. In the event of cancellation, all payments will be refunded and we will work toward having this same staff and program of classes for CCDS 2021.

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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 Irish 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.

Open Evening program begins at 7:30 pm

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



Joe Tarter

Program Advisors

Brad Foster
Owen Morrison


Berea College
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Web Admin

Bruce Spencer