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Berea Festival Dancers is a youth community performance group with dancers ages 11-18. The group performs a variety of ante bellum, American, English and Danish folk dances in striking period costumes for schools and organizations throughout Kentucky, the USA, Canada, Denmark and beyond.​

Practice each Sunday at 2 PM at the Alumni Bldg, Berea College

Dance director: Jennifer Rose Escobar.


Phone: 859-986-9075 (H)

Phone: 859-582-7014 (M)



English Country Dance in Berea

Berea's English Country Dances are held in the Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street, Berea, KY from 4-6 pm on the 4th Saturday of most months. 


Sometimes we are part of other events, such as Swing Shift, Hands Four dance weekend, or Balance the Star dance festival, where times will change.


We are blessed with many callers from Berea, Lexington, Frankfort, and environs, so we usually share the calling for each dance. We also are blessed with talented local musicians who provide delightful music for our dances!


Admission: $5 adults, $3 students.

JOIN US! We are friendly and happy to welcome beginners and all levels of dancers. No partner or special clothing required. Flat, leather soled shoes usually provide the best experience.

2024 dates

January 27: 10 am workshop - Swing Shift

February 24: 4 pm

March 23: 4-6 pm

April 20: Two workshops at Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend! 

 1:00 PM    -    1:45 PM:  1st Edition Playford Dances - English Sets - Sarah Kaiser.

  1:50 PM    -    2:00 PM:  Intro to Balance The Star Dance Weekend - Deborah Thompson.

May 25: 4-6 pm

June 22: 4-6 pm

July 20: 4-6 pm

August 24: 4-6 pm

September: 20-22: Balance The Star Dance Weekend. Will include English, Contra, Danish and American dances.

October 26: 4-6 pm 

November 23: 4-6 pm

December: No 4th Saturday dances are held in December! We suggest you attend the ECD ball in Frankfort, KY: Ae Prideful Ball, (without prejudice), usually held around Jane Austen's birthday of Dec. 16 (Actual date TBA), as well as Christmas Country Dance School




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