The Folk Circle Association of Berea, KY - Folk dance, music, education, gymnastics
About Us
The Folk Circle Association, Inc. is an umbrella organization that puts on a few annual events and also operates a small music and book store at Russel Acton Folk Center.
The 2015-16 board:
Theresa Lowder, president, 859-986-8777. 
Howard Carlberg, vice president, Nonesuch, 859-985-5501.
Sune Frederiksen, secretary, website, Berea Center for the Arts, 859-986-7584.
Joe Wilkie, Treasurer, Contraire Dance Association rep.
Teresa Cole, bookstore coordinator, member-at-large.                     
Joni Trost,  Berea Folk Gymnastics Club rep.
Martin Moesgaard, Berea Folk Gymnastics Club. 985-3739
Jennifer Rose, Berea Festival Dancers
Dennis Jacobs, member-at-large, special projects/membership chair
Deborah Thompson, Berea College Country Dancers. 859-985-3142.
Repr. from Lexington Vintage Dancers.
In alphebetical order the following associations or groups are members of FCA:
Berea Celtic Festival
The third weekend each August Berea Celtic Festival will put on a high quality program of traditional, authentic and grassroot Celtic music and dance. This is to a large extent a musicians' gathering, but with theater, concerts, dances and workshops open to the public. More info on  
Berea College Country Dancers
is a recreational, performance group of Berea College students, and they practice at the Dance Studio, Seabury Center. The dancers travel twice a year to teach and perform at regional schools, out-of-state or even to Denmark, Germany and Mexico.
The focus is English Country, Scandinavian and American folk dance inlcuding garland, morris, and rapper. For further information contact dance director Deborah Thompson at 859-985-3142, . Meet us on Facebook. 
Berea Festival Dancers
This community based group of dancers, ages 11-18, performs a variety of ante bellum, American, English and Danish folk dances in striking period costumes for schools and organizations throughout Kentucky, the USA and beyond.
Contact dance leader Jennifer Rose for further info and booking at 859- 986-8777.
Berea Folk Gymnastics Club
This popular non-competitive genetral gymnastics program started back in 1993 as a grassroot thing for kids in cooperation with DGI (Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations), who for 15 years annually has sent one or more gymnastics instructors to Berea incooperation with BFGC, FCA and BNerea College. The aim is activate as many kids as possible in a fun and inviting environment. There is a fall and spring semester. There are four age groups practicing on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Contact Martin Moesgaard for schedules, 859-985-3738,
Berea Shape Note Singers
This group continues the tradiotion of a cappella singing from the book The Sacred Harp , originally published in 1844. They have prodeuced the CD Ten Thousand Charms , available at the Artisan Center, local shops and our own bookstore. The group often performs at Shaker Village and welcomes singers of all ages and ability. Contact info: Shirley Carlberg, 859-985-5501.
Contraire Dance Association
Oh Contraire is one of the most influential and fun contra dance associations in the region. For almost 20 years dancers and musicians from near and far have flocked to the popular 4th Saturday dance  each month that features lively Old Time and New England contra dance music and enthusiastic callers at the folk center.  A 3rd Friday dance at 128 N. Broadway promotes pick-up bands and callers. During the first weekend of January each year CDA and the Lexington dancers put on a dance weekend called Swing Shift. Join the fun and get some exercise. Info at 859-985-5501, or, , FB: oh contraire dance contra series. 
Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend
For almost 15 years the Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend has been a contra dance weekend flagship in the region, and dancers from across the nation gather in Berea on the 4th weekend of April each year for a very popular event that is limited to 160 participants in the idyllic Memorial Park and folk center. That's why it is known as "The Little Cozy One ...". Topnotch bands and callers are the core of this wonderful weekend that also features up to 12 workshops. In 2013 Wild Asparagus and George Marshall will lead the dance. More info at . 
Lexington Vintage Dance
has its headquarters in Lexington, KY. The group is dedicated to researching, teaching, performing, and promoting the ballroom and social dance forms of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The group is seeking men and couples interested in dancing with the performance troupe. Some dance background is desirable, though it need not be in vintage dance.
Nonesuch Players / Squash Beetle
The players perform "all things English" - English Country dance, maypole, morris and sword dances, and an ever-changing mummers play during the annual Berea Wassail Tour in early January. The group performs at various festivals, and dance the sun up on May 1 each year. Join the group and have a lot of fun and learn some new tricks. Info: Shirley Carlberg, 859-985-5501.
212 Jefferson Street, Berea, KY 40403
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