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2020 Gypsy Meltdown – April 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2020

Bands: Elixir and The Dam Beavers
along with Playing with Fyre
Callers: Nils Fredland and Seth Tepfer

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

The Big Bands

Elixir – To capture the magic of the jazz age, Elixir (Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard, Jesse Readlynn, Owen Morrison, Brian Bender & Nils Fredland) blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.

The Dam Beavers – For added swing there will be The Dam Beavers, a wonderful contra dance band featuring Ben Schreiber on fiddle, Scotty Leach on piano, and Ness Smith-Savadoff on electric drums. A good time will be had by all!

And, as a special attraction, Playing with Fyre (George Paul & Rob Zisette) will join us to play Waltz, English Country and Late Night Blues as well!

The Callers

The callers will be Nils Fredland – whose mother swears that, as a child, she once glimpsed Zelda Fitzgerald riding atop a taxi cab – and Seth Tepfer, whose grandfather met F. Scott at New York party and shared drinks and a conversation with him (though he doesn’t remember the drinks served or the topics discussed).

The Saturday Night Great Gatsby Gala

The height of Roaring 20’s weekend will once again be the Saturday Night Great Gatsby Gala. The cops have been paid off and everything is on the up and up. Bring your best dame or best guy and have a blast. We encourage evening dress (white or otherwise) and gangster/playboy attire. Couples wishing to stare romantically across Lake Wylie, searching for the ever-distant green light, are invited to do so as discreetly as possible.

Playshops and Special Events

• Advanced Waltz workshop – Rob Zisette

• Challenging Contras & Singing Squares – Nils Fredland & Elixir

• English Country Dance Workshop – Seth Tepfer, George Paul/Rob Zisette

• Blues Workshop – Emily Rush & Charlie Zisette

• Fusion Workshop – Jessica Huskey & Kristin Edwards

• RushFest – Emily Rush

• Callers’ Workshop – Nils Fredland & Seth Tepfer

• Organizers’ Workshop – Seth Tepfer & Joline

• Disc Golf – Rob & Charlie Zisette

• Yoga – Hampton Thrower

• Musician’s Workshop & Open Jam – Ben Schreiber & Scotty Leach

• Rise up Singing – Gretchen Caldwell


Friday’s  POTLUCK Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. 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 Lunch is provided this year by Camp Thunderbird if you purchased the meal plan.

Camp Rules

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

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. Carowinds. Fort Mill, SC. Rock Hill, SC) and camping (McDowell Park at 704.588.5224). Remember, no camping is allowed at Camp Thunderbird.


Registration is limited. A full refund less $15 is available prior to March 27, 2020. If sending a check and mailing your payment, 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.

Contact & Registration Information

Carol Deacon – or (803) 517-6288. Please text message first, if possible.

If you can’t attend, please check with Carol to see if there is a waiting list before selling your ticket to someone of the same gender.

Refund Policy

We offer a 100% refund, less $15, up to one week prior to the dance (until March 27, 2020). A 50% refund is offered within the seven days leading up to the dance.

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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