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About Contra Dancing

Want to have fun in a participatory, truly American, art form? Think you'd enjoy dancing and listening to an entire evening of LIVE, old-time music for only $8.00? Come join us contra dancing at The Big Scioty Contra Dance!

Big Scioty Contra Dances are open to all who want to have fun dancing. No experience, partner, or costume is required. These hoe-down style dances feature old and new Southern and Eastern squares and circles, as well as New England and Mid-Western contras. All dances are taught. Beginners should arrive at 7.30 pm for instruction. Dances are more challenging later in the evening. All dancers are encouraged to dance with different partners, to share skills and gain expertise besides, you'll have more fun! Children welcome.

A common reaction of people who try Big Scioty's old-time square and contra dancing is, "I did this in junior high, and didn't much like it. But this is different! Great live music, high-energy dancing, and friendly people; and I didn't have to take any lessons before I could have fun!"

Big Scioty dances are usually on the first and third Saturday nights, from September through May, on from 8 to 11:00 pm. Most of our dances are held at First Congregational Church, 444 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. To find out when the next dance is, see our current schedule which is also posted in this group. For additional information, call Ellie at (614)395-2196. To add your name to our mailing list to receive our semi-annual flier, email . or call Dave Notman at (614) 769-7735.

Want to know more about Contra Dancing? See Gary Shapiro's description
and Greg Rohde's article. A series of videos by the Chattahoochee Country Dancers will introduce you to contra dancing or help you brush up on your skills.

Welcome to the Old-Time music family; see you at the dance!

This page was last updated on by Harold Cheyney