Lava Meltdown

Contra Dance Weekend

In Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Mar. 13-15, 2020

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns

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Seth Tepfer will be offering a callers' workshop during the day on Friday, March 13. It will be for those who have called at least a couple of dances and want more experience and help with specific problems. Lunch is included. Sign up using the online registration form below (option #2). Contact for workshop details & questions.


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!

Seth has been calling since 1997. In that time he has called over 500 gigs and delighted dancers from 5 to 95 across the country and in Canada, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica

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Miriam Larson

Miriam Larson

(flute, jaw harp & guitar)

Miriam has been playing flute since she was a youth. Trained classically on the flute, she has taken on the challenge of putting her chops to use in service of dancers. rhythms and rhythmic style of dance flute playing which can be heard to great affect on both of the Mean Lids CDs. During the day Miriam is a graduate student in Library Science at the University of Illinois.

Kelsey Wells

Kelsey Wells

(fiddle, banjo & feet)

Kelsey Wells came into the world with her feet still, her mouth shut, and her eyes wide open. Since then, she has discovered the joys of old-time fiddling, folk dancing, storytelling, and various other traditional arts. Though rooted in the heritage of Appalachian music, she works to create intercultural musical communities and has a keen interest in the fiddling styles of Western North Carolina, southern Sweden, and a few places in between. Kelsey plays fiddle, banjo, and mbira and currently performs in the popular contra dance band Turnip the Beet, with Vermont-based folk musician Brendan Taaffe,and as a musical accompanist for her ma, poet Kory Wells.

Kristen Planeaux

Kristen Planeaux

(piano & hand drum)

Kristen Planeaux has been playing the piano since second grade, but never had as much fun as she does when playing for contra dances. Unable to choose a single instrument, you may see her playing the flute, a variety of hand drums, or singing. She enjoys sampling the new restaurant in town and laughing/groaning at her friends’ excellent puns. Kristen is also a member of The Ripples & Mulberry Street.


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.


Registration fee includes: Friday night potluck, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday brunch, and all sorts of healthy snacks.

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.


See & download the schedule as a pdf file.

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Registration is closed fo 2020. Contact Kristi Austin with questions.

Cost Per Person (tax included):

Cancellation policy:


  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, weather, massage, etc. at


For general questions contact Kimbi Hagen. For registration questions contact Kristi Austin.

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