With great sadness we announce that we will not yet be able to return this year to the activities of dancing, singing, and music that we hold so dear. We have already begun planning our return, hopefully with the same staff and program, for BCCDS 2021. Hold the dates! December 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022. We hope to see you all there once again.

Help us keep Christmas School healthy. We are losing money due to the cancellation of CCDS this year; your support will help us keep going.

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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



Joe Tarter

Program Advisors

Brad Foster
Owen Morrison


Berea College
Country Dance and Song Society

Web Admin

Bruce Spencer

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Berea Christmas Country Dance School with state tax dollars and federal funding from the COVID Relief Funding program and the National Endowment for the Arts.