Lava Meltdown

Contra Dance Weekend

In Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Mar. 1-3, 2019

Registration closed for 2019

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Cis Hinkle

Cis Hinkle

Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark. When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.

Alden Robinson

Alden Robinson

Alden Robinson learned the fiddle as a child in coastal Maine. He grew up and moved West (by about an hour) to Portland, where he started hanging out with Glen and Owen. It was all downhill from there. Besides RIPTIDE, he appears onstage with numerous other dance bands. He also plays Irish tunes with Owen in The Press Gang.

Glen Loper

Glen Loper

Some say he is a deep cover scientist researching mind-control. Some say a shaman from the Canadian tundra. We just don't know. But time and again, Glen Loper has revealed his secret power to make dancers go absolutely nuts, using nothing more than his mandolin, his foot-stomping, and his hair. When he isn't playing dances, Glen uses his mandolin to corrupt the minds of children and interested adults.

Max Newman

Max Newman

Max was surrounded by traditional music and dance from an early age. He’s spent a good portion of his life playing dances great and small across the continent, as well as accompanying Irish music. His guitar playing is refreshing, fun, and creative, and has allowed him to collaborate on-stage with a variety of traditional musicians.


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 sign up (later) to bring something to share.

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

Saturday dinner is on your own. Enjoy some of the local dining options.


Accommodations on your own. There are many local motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals available.

Riptide with Max



Cost Per Person:

Cancellation policy: If you must cancel before Jan. 25, $35 per person will be retained; for cancellations between Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, $50 per person will be retained. Sorry, no refunds after Feb. 22.

Two ways to register: (Closed for 2019)


  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


For more information please contact Kristi Austin

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