Gypsy Meltdown 2018 – The Princess Bride “As You Wish” Dance

March 16, 17 and 18, 2018

Tickets to go on sale December 1, 2017 via Eventbrite. Stay tuned for more details.

Bands: Notorious and Buddy System
Callers: Will Mentor and George Marshall to a Princess Bride * Theme

Gypsy Meltdown is Charlotte’s annual contra dance weekend, held each March at Camp Thunderbird. Come enjoy three superb days of dancing to some of the best bands and callers in the country.

* For those not familiar with The Princess Bride movie, please click here and here to get better acquainted.

Bands and Callers

This year will host bands Notorious (with Larry Unger) and Buddy SystemCallers are Will Mentor and George Marshall. More information to come!

Saturday night will feature the “As You Wish” Ball!

Pick your favorite character and dress accordingly: Buttercup, Westley (as farm boy or Dread Pirate Roberts), Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, Miracle Max, his wife, the albino Count Rugen or even Humperdinck (if you are on good behavior and don’t try to steal Buttercup away).


Friday’s POT-LUCK dinner begins at 6:30pm. Bring your favorite food to share! Camp Thunderbird’s catering experts provide the rest of the purchased meals. If you prefer vegetarian fare, make your wishes known on the registration form. Sunday brunch will be served on the back porch of the dance hall overlooking lovely Lake Wylie.

Sleeping Arrangements

Heated cabins, single beds and togetherness bathrooms with showers are among the many perks of Camp Thunderbird. You will need to bring bedding, towels and soap. Also available are local hotels (South Charlotte, NC. Fort Mill, SC. Rock Hill, SC).  Camping is available at McDowell Park (704-588-5224). Remember, no tent or vehicle camping is allowed at Camp Thunderbird.


Registration is limited. A full refund minus $15 is available prior to March 3. We will confirm your registration by e-mail or SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). Please be sure to send SASE or a clearly written e-mail address for confirmation.

For information and registration, contact:

Sandy Brand
704-756-9462 OR

If you cannot attend, please let Ron Bates know (contact info above) to see if there is a waiting list before selling your ticket to someone of the same gender. We ask that if you sell your ticket, to sell to the same gender only. This is to keep the dance as balanced as possible.

Workshops & Special Events

• Waltz Workshops –  TBA

• English Country Dance workshop – Gayle Fifer

• RushFest – Emily Rush

• Yoga – Hampton Thrower

• Musician’s Jam –  Bring your instruments along!

• Massage – for your dance-weary bodies, bones and feet

• Rise up Singing – Gretchen Caldwell

• Sunday Morning Waltzing

• Sunday Brunch by Harriette Bugel

• Sound – TBA

Camp Rules

The following are NOT ALLOWED: alcohol, cooking, pets, camping, (this includes camping or sleeping in vehicles) and unsupervised children.

Camp Thunderbird

Located on beautiful Lake Wylie, SC, Camp Thunderbird is 20 minutes south of Charlotte, NC,
and is easily accessible from all directions.

Address: 1 Thunderbird Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710-8811

Camp Thunderbird Lake Wylie SC