We had hoped for, planned for, and grown excited about dance school this year, that is until the Delta variant surged reminding us that Covid-19 is still very much a threat. We are sad to announce that CCDS 2021 is cancelled. We will continue to plan for the future when dancing and singing can safely happen. And we hope that you will be with us then! Your continued support is most appreciated.

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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. 

Please Take Note!

Because of Covid, all participants must be Covid vaccinated.
All evening programs are closed to the public.

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

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.