Lava Meltdown

Contra Dance Weekend

in Lava Hot Springs, ID

Mar. 3-5, 2017

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Seth Tepfer will be teaching an all-day callers' workshop in Lava Hot Springs on Friday, March 3. See the info. & registration form for more info.


Seth Tepfer

Seth Tepfer

Seth Tepfer is "Atlanta's Dance Magician," calling dances for adults and children like you've never seen before. Known for his infectious energy, his short walk-thru's, and his 'hash-contras', Seth's warm enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. Whether squares, contras, or other folk dances, you can be certain that all involved - novices and experienced dancers alike - will amble away happy and eager to dance more!

Pete's Posse

Pete's Posse

Vermont based trio Pete’s Posse is composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Songs and tunes, old and new, lyrical and driving: that’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play. Pete’s Posse is three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call “multi-generational roots music.”

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.

More info. soon.


Friday dinner at 5:00 pm is a potluck; please bring something to share! Registration fee includes healthy snacks, Saturday lunch, and coffee/tea/water. All other meals are on your own. There are some great local dining options.


There are many local motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals available.

Pete's Posse performing



Costs Per Person:


Registration Policies:

Space is limited - register early! Please register by Feb. 23, 2017. 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.

NEW cancellation policy: If you must cancel before Feb. 1, $35 per person will be retained; for cancellations between Feb. 1 and Feb. 20, $50 per person will be retained; no refunds or cancellations after Feb. 20. Please do not find your own replacement!

Pete's Posse onstage

Two ways to register:

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  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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