We’re sorry to announce that Winter WarmUp will not take place this year. Columbus’s annual contra dance weekend was originally scheduled for Dec. 4-6, but holding it would be neither safe nor responsible due to the continuing threat from COVID-19.

We’re doubly sad to be making this announcement this year, as it would have been Winter WarmUp’s 20th anniversary! But we’ll just have to postpone our celebration until Dec. 3-5, 2021. So please add those dates to your calendar. And please wear your masks, wash your hands, practice social distancing and keep your fingers crossed that it will soon be safe to return to the dance floor.WORKSHOP SCHEDULE


Entire weekend early bird price (Postmarked or purchased online by Nov. 23): Adult (over 26) $85 Youth (26 and under) $55

Entire weekend after Nov. 23 or at the door: Adult (over 26) $95 Youth (26 and under) $60

A la Carte Prices Fri. night only – Adults over 26: $30; Youth 26 and under: $20 Sat. workshops only – Adults over 26: $25 Youth 26 and under: $15 Sat. night only – Adults over 26: $30; Youth 26 and under: $20 Sunday only – Adults over 26: $30; Youth 26 and under: $20

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan our food purchases. A limited number of working scholarships are available; apply early by ­contacting Martha Shaw (marthapottershaw@gmail.com or 614.562.4974).

Refunds: Full refunds available through Nov. 23. From Nov. 24 to the beginning of the dance on Friday, refunds will be granted, minus $20. Refund requests made after the dance weekend begins will not be honored.

Download printable form (postmark by Nov. 23 to get early bird pricing). OR use PayPal to Register & pay online (Entire weekend only)


Accommodations – A few nearby hotels are shown on the map below. No special rates are available.

Home hospitality – Please complete the housing request when registering. Housing is limited – first come, first served. All those requesting housing must have completed registration and paid in full.

Food – A nutritious assortment of snacks will be available during the weekend, with vegan and gluten-free alternatives, and Sunday lunch is provided. A ­restaurant list and map will be available in the registration area.

Be sure to bring clean dance shoes! (super important in the winter)

Bring a lock – the center will allow us to leave locks on the lockers near the dance for the duration of the weekend and we are allowed to leave items in lockers overnight. Please lock up your valuables in either a locker or your car, as we share this space with other groups and Big Scioty cannot be responsible for possessions.

Bring items for the clothing exchange – bring any gently used dancing clothes and exchange for new-to-you items.

“Dress like a Snowflake” is on Sunday (optional!) – All dancers are invited to dress in their snowiest attire on Sunday! No special reason – just a local tradition that grew.

Pool and hot tub passes available – The Worthington Community Center has a large pool area with hot tub and a lap pool, as well as an excellent fitness area. Unlimited-use fitness center passes, good for the whole weekend can be purchased for $8. Pool hours are subject to change, but at the time of printing are 9-9 Friday, 12-7:30 Sat., and 10:00-5:30 Sunday. You’ll need to provide your own swimsuit, towel, and a lock for the locker room.


Friday: Registration opens at 6:30 p.m., dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 12 M.

Saturday: Workshops 10 am – 11:30 am Lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (cafe closed) Workshops 1:00 pm – 4:30 Dinner 4:30-7:30 (cafe closed) Dancing 7:30 – 12M

Sunday: Waltz & Workshops 9:45 am – 12 Noon Lunch served 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Dancing 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

WORKSHOPS Workshops will be posted on the website when scheduling is complete.

CONTACTS: important phone ­numbers & e-mails General Info: Ellie Nowels 614-395-2196, bigsciotycontra@gmail.com Home Hospitality: bigsciotyhousing@gmail.com Scholarships and Volunteer Signup: Martha Shaw – marthapottershaw@gmail.com 614.562.4974 Registration/Join Mailing List: Dave Notman – gnottynot-listRequest@yahoo.com Worthington Community Center (Front Desk): 614.436.2743 – call if you’re lost!

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