Lava Meltdown

Contra Dance Weekend

In Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Mar. 9-11, 2018

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This year we will be offering a contra dance music workshop all day Friday, March 9. See music workshop pdf flyer for more info. Contact us for reservations and questions.

Also, Sunday night, March 11 in Salt Lake City there will be a House Concert with Eloise & Co. with Owen Morrison and Susan Kevra! See house concert pdf flyer for more info. Contact us for reservations and questions.


Susan Kevra

Susan Kevra

Susan Kevra is noted for her warmth, clear teaching, and lovely voice. She has been calling dances since the early 1990s. She now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee, where she calls and organizes English, contra and square dances, and travels to call at dance camps across the country. She spent 2000-2001 in France and Western Europe teaching Anglo and American dancing and learning French dances.

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is in demand throughout the United States and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops.

Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some of her most exciting projectsever. A vibrant and versatile collaboration with Karen Axelrod, exquisite violin and viola sounds from Eric Martin, a rich and energetic contra dance band called Seaglass, and a slew of French-focused music and dance adventures with Susan Kevra are just the tip of the iceberg. A recent addition has been a joyful musical partnership with Becky Tracy, and other combinations often round out the mix.

Becky Tracy

Becky Tracy

Becky Tracy began playing for contra dancing in Maine, bending her early classical training to the demands of dance music. Later, she studied Irish fiddling styles with Brendan Mulvihill and Eugene O’Donnell and French Canadian fiddling with Lisa Ornstein. She brought things full circle when she appeared as the featured soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Evan Chambers’ Fiddle Concerto. All these elements combined to give Becky her distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music. Her sound is unmistakable. She has been a defining presence in some of the most popular and innovative contra dance bands to come out of New England, being the fiddler for both Wild Asparagus and Nightingale. Becky is featured on recordings by both these groups. She has performed for dance events and concerts in about 40 states across the US, as well as Canada and Europe and is a popular fiddle teacher at summer music camps. Her solo recording, Evergreen from 2001 is an album of haunting beauty, intimacy and exuberance.

Owen Morrison

Owen Morrison

Owen Morrison began playing professionally at the age of fifteen. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he performs guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion across the United States and abroad. His musical projects include the traditional dance bands Elixir, The Figments, The Morrison Brothers, Night Watch, and House Red. He is a member of the Dovetail Ensemble, which brings together artists from disparate traditions for collaborative performances. Owen’s playing is featured on numerous recordings, and he has performed at the National Folk Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and dozens of other festivals and venues.

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 recommended for beginners.


Friday dinner at 5:30 pm is a potluck; please bring something to share!

Registration fee includes Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and healthy snacks by Brenda & her crew!

There are also great local dining options.


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

Eloise & Co.


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Costs Per Person:


Registration Policies:

Space is limited - register early! Please register by Feb. 28, 2018. 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: Cancellation policy: If you must cancel before Feb. 1, $35 per person will be retained; for cancellations between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, $50 per person will be retained. Sorry, no refunds after Feb. 28. Please do not find your own replacement!

Owen Morrison

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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