The Folk Circle Association of Berea, KY 

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Oh! Contraire


Contraire Dance Association, or "Oh! Contraire", as we usually call ourselves, is one of the most influential and fun contra dance associations in the region. For 20+ years dancers and musicians from near and far have flocked to this popular dance each 4th Saturday of the month. We feature lively New England contra dance bands and also more old-time orientated musicians and enthusiastic callers at Russel Acton Folk Center. 

A 3rd Friday dance at 128 North Broadway, the Carlberg Dance Hall, promotes pick-up bands and open mic calling. A great learning opportunity. 

Before each dance the dancers offer a walk-through, so everyone is better prepared for a do-si-do or a hay-for-four. Come as you are, by yourself or with friends. We are really nice to people.


During the 4th weekend of January each year Oh! Contraire and the Lexington Traditional Dance Association put together a dance weekend called "Swing Shift" . No pre-registration is needed for this event. Friday evening dance takes place in at ArtsPlace in Lexington and Saturday afternoon workshops, pot luck and evening dance in Berea. 


Shirley Carlberg is President, and she can be reached at 859-985-5501. 

Other steering committee members include: Pat Acevedo, Howard Carlberg, Cliff Croxford, Will Weatherford, Joe Wilkie, Teresa Cole, Samantha Snyder, and Monica Powell.


Join the FB group at Berea Contra Dancers

Website: www.bereacontradance.org 

E-mail: [email protected] 

E-mail: [email protected] (Shirley)