If you've ever found yourself involuntarily dancing at the monthly vinyl dance party Heatwave, you can thank a series of fortunate events.

If you've ever found yourself involuntarily dancing at the monthly vinyl dance party Heatwave, you can thank a series of fortunate events.

Just over five years ago, Adam Scoppa met Ann Glaviano at a trivia night at Bodega. They struck up a conversation, as Scoppa loosely recalls, over Glaviano's Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt.

The two eventually hatched an idea for a dance party they felt Columbus needed, similar to a mod dance night in Glaviano's hometown of New Orleans. "Nobody was playing Motown and Motown-style soul, and even kind of more Stax-style soul that wasn't like funky or scattered within the setlist like at Clampdown (a monthly rock 'n' roll dance party)," Scoppa recalled.

They enlisted Chris Johnson, a friend of Glaviano's with "a massive record collection," and booked a show for September 3, 2011, at what's now called the Tree Bar (then the Treehouse).

"Then Tree Bar closed two weeks before we supposed to do it," said Scoppa. "So luckily Ace [of Cups] had just opened."

As Heatwave celebrates its fifth year of gloriously sweaty and soulful parties this Saturday, Sept. 17, it's almost impossible to imagine it anywhere but Ace of Cups. Scoppa agrees the party and the location were a match made in dance heaven. "Huge ceilings, big old dance floor, all wood, amazing patio, really cool space you can go to the bar and quickly come back to the dancefloor … I really can't think of anywhere else I'd rather have it in this city," he said.

Heatwave began packing Ace of Cups on the first Saturday of the month almost immediately. The second-ever event was a sellout with a line waiting to get in, a situation that would continue for a couple of years. It's now calmed down a bit, but still attracts a healthy crowd of aficionados in line with the vibe they set out to create.

"We wanted that comfortable vibe," said Scoppa. "We didn't want a meat-market vibe. We didn't want a strictly cool kids vibe." And that safe and welcoming environment has kept people coming - and dancing - for half a decade now.

Another contributing factor in the early crowds was the viral nature of the iconic black-and-white Heatwave shots by photographer Megan Leigh Barnard, Scoppa noted. "I think that really got the word out more than if we were just flyering around town or talking about it on Facebook," Scoppa said. "And having them all in black and white was something we all decided was just a cool thing to do."

Scoppa is the last of the founding DJs standing at the five-year mark. Glaviano returned to New Orleans, where she's continued the party with her own Heatwave franchise there, and Johnson moved to Colorado a couple of years ago. But Scoppa credits the longevity to two factors that came together: the music and the location.

"I think it's because the music has staying power, and the bar is just a great destination," he said. "The music will sell itself, and the bar is just so fucking cool."