Berea College is a four year accredited institution that guarantees no student pays for tuition. Berea College encompasses many dance influences. The college offers 25 dance classes and a minor in dance, as well as 10 dance groups led by faculty or students. For information about each of the dance groups, see our clubs and organizations.
In the 1930’s folk dance became widespread throughout the campus, and weekly dances occurred regularly. Today, students can enjoy folk dance through street dances, like the one displayed in the picture above. Street dances are held in front of Boone Tavern accompanied by live music, where a caller instructs and prompts the dancers.
Because of the success of Country Dance Programs and the popularity of contra and square dances, our Berea community has several regular community dances, such as the third Friday and fourth Saturday contra dances, the second Saturday English country dances, and many others within a 2-hour drive.
The Country Dancers have a tour somewhere every semester, spreading the joy of dance by performing at public events. They even danced at the Kennedy White House in 1963! The Country Dancers perform at a full-length Convocation each spring, following our spring tour. The college dance programs also sponsors several dance performances each year that the Country Dancers perform in, including “Berea Dances” and “Rep Yo’ City,” along with Mountain Day and Homecoming.