Country dancing is based on rural traditions. Country Dance programs at Berea College recognize many different kinds of country dance, but specialize in the following:
- English Country Dances and American Contra Dances are organized so that everyone has the opportunity to dance with everyone else, helping to build an atmosphere of cooperation.
- Morris and sword dances from the British Isles date from the fifteenth century. With clacking sticks and ringing bells, they harken back to festivals welcoming the change of the seasons.
- Dances from Denmark reflect the energetic and very sociable Danish culture.
- And of course, old time Appalachian square dance and clogging show the heritage and spirit of the region in which we reside. Square dances include 4-couple sets as well as 2-couple sets, such as in Kentucky set running or big sets.
Berea College is affiliated with the Country Dance and Song Society, a national organization specializing in English and North American traditions: https://www.cdss.org/.