Lava Meltdown

Contra Dance Weekend

in Lava Hot Springs, ID

Mar. 4-6, 2016


Followed by a House Concert in SLC, UT on Mar. 7

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Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley is a dance leader, caller, and organizer for contras, squares, morris, and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to follow and share her love of dance. Whether at a scheduled dance, a school event, a wedding, a festival or a private party, Mary’s friendly enthusiasm is sure to please.



Maivish (Jaige Trudel, fiddle, Adam Broome, guitar, and Matthew Olwell, flutes, bodhran, and percussive dance): Jaige and Adam have been playing music together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad, predominantly with the band Crowfoot. Matthew has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theatres across North America and Europe since 1996. After a decade of crossing paths on the folk circuit, these three performers have joined forces to explore traditional and original music for dance and the concert stage.

Bandáge à Trois

Bandáge à Trois

Also appearing is Bandáge à Trois: Eclectic, Danceable Tunes from Celtic Brittany, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, & England; and from France, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, North America, & more. With David Combs, accordion; Tom Goodwin, bass; & Kristi Austin, flute.


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to dance to this wonderful group of creative geniuses and enjoy the charming and relaxing atmosphere of Lava Hot Springs and environs! If you’ve never been to Lava Meltdown, we believe you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The dance floor is great, the town is small and easy to get around in, the dancers are friendly and fun, and there is a variety of quaint and reasonably-priced accommodations available. Pre-registration required (no walk-ins). Not recommeded for beginners.

Maivish onstage


Lava Meltdown will start with a potluck Friday night Mar. 4 at 5:00 pm, with dancing to begin at 7:00 pm; and end Sunday afternoon Mar. 6 at 1:30 pm. The weekend will be followed with a house concert with the Maivish Duo in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Contact to make your reservation.

A detailed schedule for the weekend is available as a pdf file.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday & Sunday. Saturday dinner is on your own.

Registration -- Closed for 2016:


Costs Per Person:

Registration Policies:

Space is limited - register early! Please register by Feb. 26, 2016. Registration confirmation will depend upon gender balance and availability. You will receive an acknowledgement by email when your registration request is received and status notification later. Check payments will be held until your registration is confirmed. PayPal payments will be refunded if you aren't confirmed. Cancellations received on or before Feb. 5 will receive a full refund, cancellations received from Feb. 6 - 19 will have $30 retained. No refunds after Feb. 19. Please do not find your own replacement!

Two ways to register:

Jaige and Adam


There are many local motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals available. There is a page for accommodations at


  Lava Senior Center

The Lava Meltdown is held in the historic dance hall at the Lava Hot Springs Senior Center & Community Building in Lava Hot Spring, ID. It has a nice wooden dance floor, an adjoining room for conversing, jamming or relaxing and a fully equipped kitchen. Find more information on dining, lodging, massage, etc. at


Please contact us with any questions, concerns or comments you may have.

the dance committee

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