Big Scioty Membership and Board


It’s not necessary to be a member to dance with Big Scioty. However, admissions at each dance fall short of our expenses (rent, talent fees, insurance, publicity, sound equipment, and supplies). This shortfall is made up partly by Winter WarmUp funds, but our membership dues also are needed. This extra cash allows us to hire a wide variety of talent so our dances stay lively and fun without having to raise admission prices.

For only $12 a year (Sept. to Sept.) you will receive the following benefits:
• Yearly personalized name badges
• $3 off admission to all Big Scioty dances
• The right to vote for board members (or to run for board positions) and to vote on bylaws and Big Scioty concerns
• Members can bring first-time dancers to Big Scioty dances as their guests for free
• You’ll be helping to bring great bands and callers to town for FUN!

You can download the 2023-24 membership form here and mail it in, or you can join at any dance.


Since 2009 Big Scioty has had an operating board and has offered yearly memberships to dancers. Having board members spreads the workload of organizing the dance among several people. All Big Scioty members are eligible to run for board membership and to vote on board members. Elections are held every year at our annual meeting. Board terms are for one year.

Here’s a list of our current board members and their positions. Three of the members have titles (talent, financial, and volunteer coordinator) and the other two are “members-at-large”. Members- at-large assist the other board members and generally have other duties that will depend on their skills. Board members can have assistance from within the board or outside – it’s pretty fluid. All other dance committees report to the board as needed.

Current board

Richard Ades

Richard Ades, Talent Coordinator

Martha Shaw

Martha Shaw Volunteer Coordinator

Ellie Nowels

Ellie Nowels, Member at Large

Sal Pinkham
Bruce Smith
Member at Large

Any member who wishes to run for the board needs to submit their request (along with a short statement of their experience or other info they would like to share) to a board member at least 2 weeks before the annual meeting, so that info can be distributed. Want to help with the dance, but not be on the board, or have some ideas you want to share? Just chat with a board member!

Bylaws: Our bylaws spell out how the dance and board are organized and provides procedures we can follow if problems arise. Download current bylaws here.

Annual meeting: Our bylaws require an annual meeting with election of board members, and require a quorum of 10% of current members. We announce an agenda prior to the meeting. Our treasurer always updates us on the regular dance and Winter WarmUp finances; other items that might be discussed might include ideas for Mayapple Stomp, publicity, recruiting new dancers, and more. Please note: Though everyone is welcome to take part in the meeting, voting is restricted to current Big Scioty members. 


Minutes – May 04, 2019

Minutes – June 21, 2019

Minutes – March 3, 2020


Annual meeting minutes – March 16, 2019

Annual meeting minutes – April 15, 2020

Annual meeting minutes – May 22, 2021

Annual meeting minutes – May 21, 2022

Annual meeting minutes – May 15, 2023

Annual meeting minutes – May 20, 2024