The Richmond Register

December 28, 2013

Christmas Country Dance School underway in Berea

Public sessions tonight, Monday night


Register Staff Report

BEREA — Christmas may be over, but several hundred people have been kicking up their heels and reveling in what remains of the holiday season at the 75th annual Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College.

The classes, which started Thursday and end Tuesday, include Bollywood dancing and urban/rural movement remix. There’s also jaw harp playing along with traditional folk dance and singing as well as more traditional fare.

Dance classes were accompanied with live music.

The Christmas Country Dance School began in 1938 as a training ground for dance leaders, according to a news release. The event now draws local, national and international staff and participants from all levels of experience and all ages from 13 and up.

Each day includes five class sessions with seven to 10 choices for each session. The classes include folk dance from Appalachia, England, Scandinavia and Canada as well as dance calling, musical instrument instruction, singing, storytelling, mummer’s play and basketry.

All class are conducted on Berea College’s campus.

Two of the school’s remaining evening dance programs are open to the public. They are from 7:25 to 9:45 p.m. today and Monday in the upper gym of the college’s Seabury Center. After each dance, Patty Tarter will lead a “parlor time,” a period of storytelling and singing.

There is a $20 charge at the door.