At the Worthington Community Center in historic Worthington Ohio.

Dance to the Music of

Great Bear

(the trio plus two guest performers)
Andrew VanNorstrand: fiddle, electric guitar
Noah VanNorstrand: fiddle, mandolin, feet, didgeridoo
Kim “Mama Bear” Yerton: piano
with Dana Billings on drums
and Chris Miller on sax

And also

The Ripples

from Cincinnati
Gabbi Lanza: vocals and percussion
Kristen Planeaux: piano, flute, vocals, and percussion
Matt Willman: fiddle
Christopher Wood: piano, guitar, and bass

with callers

Gaye Fifer


Susan McElroy-Marcus

Workshop Schedule

Housing Questions

Dance questions.. We have plenty of room for walkins! Come and dance for all or part of the weekend. Info at 614-395-2196.

Gaye Fifer

Gaye Fifer is an accomplished contra caller from Pittsburgh, PA. A teacher by profession, Gaye's walk-throughs are clear and concise, and her easy smile and delightful sense of humor make her a popular caller and workshop leader at contra dance weekends throughout the US and Canada. An active dancer herself, she understands the subtleties of making contra dances particularly staisfying for dancers.

Susan McElroy-Marcus

Susan McElroy Marcus has been teaching and calling contra dances since she and her husband David started the Cincinnati Contra Dance group in 1985. Delighted to have returned after a long hiauts, Susan has called dances all over the Midwest and South. She is known for her excellent choice of dances, clear teaching style, spot-on timing and gentle humor which allows her love for the dance experience to shine through.

Entire Weekend Prices

Early Bird Price After Nov.23 or at door
Adult(over 25)
Youth 25 and under

A la Carte Prices

Adults over 25 25 and under
Fri. night only
Sat. workshops only
Sat. night only
Sunday only

Registration Form


Full refunds available until Nov. 22. From Nov. 23 until beginning of the dance refunds will be granted minus $20. No refunds will be made after the dance weekend.

Pay Pal

Dancers preregistering may pay by PayPal. Use the registration link.

Working Scholarships

A limited number of working scholarships are available. Apply early by contacting Marcha Shaw ( 614-562-4964.

Dancing Shoes Only

Carry in clean dance shoes with non-marking soles. Absolutely no street shoes allowed on the beautiful wooden dance floor. We want to return.

Lockers Available - Bring a lock

Coats, purses, and dance bags will need to be stowed in lockers and we encourage you to bring a combination or key lock with you, because fitness center members will be sharing the locker rooms with us. Showers are also available, so feel free to bring a towel, etc.


No childcare is available. Children who can participate in the dance weekend are welcome. Children must be closely supervised while not dancing.

Smokin' & Drinkin'

Worthington Community Center is a smoke free and alcohol free environment. In addition, Ohio prohibits smoking inside all public places (including restaurants and bars).


A nutritious assortment of snacks will be available all weekend except during Sat. lunch and dinner. Sunday lunch will be provided. A restaurant list and map will be available at the registration area.

Clothing Exchange

Bring any gently used dancing clothes and exchange for new-to-you items. Small donation requested if you haven't brought anything but see something you like.

Water Bottles

Please help us reduce plastic cup usage by bringing your own water bottle to the weekend. Thanks!

Bring a Swimsuit, towel & lock

The Worthington Community Center has a large pool area with hot tub and a lap pool, as well as an excellent fitness area. Purchase your unlimited-use fitness center pass when you check in at the WWU table. Good for the whole weekend for $8. Hours will be: Friday until 9:30 pm Saturday 8 am -8 pm Sunday noon-8 pm (Pool closes 1/2 hr before building) You’ll need to bring your own towel, as well as a lock for the locker room - they are not provided.

Dance Hours

Friday – Registration opens at 6 p.m., dancing begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 12 M
Saturday – Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5:15 p.m., dancing from 8 p.m. -12 M
Sunday – Workshops begin at 10 a.m. with dancing from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Scholarship policy

Winter WarmUp offers a limited number of working scholarships. These are awarded (1) to make it possible for younger dancers and others with financial limitations to attend, and (2) to ensure our volunteer needs are met. For every hour worked, $10 will be deducted from the price of admission. No full scholarships will be awarded. To apply, please contact Martha Shaw at by Nov. 15. Acceptance will be determined by the Winter WarmUp Scholarship Committee and will be based on volunteer needs, with first priority given to new applicants.

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This page was last updated on by Harold Cheyney