2019 Gypsy Meltdown

Bands: The Latter Day Lizards and The Organic Family Band
Callers: Cis Hinkle and Bob Isaacs celebrate Gypsy Meltdown’s 25th year!

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.



Kate Barnes, Bill Tomczak, Stuart Kenny, Mark “Pokey” Hellenberg and Dave Langford – will reunite us with the cosmic plane through a wide ranging repertoire that includes everything from Irish and Scottish jigs, to Balkan, blues and swing.


Jakob and Michael Raitzyk along with Rebekah and Judith Geller – is a family that truly swings. Together they produce hot, fresh, organic contra dance music with a spicy flavor that is all in the family.



Who called at the first Meltdown and has presided over gatherings all over the Southeast and beyond, returns to once again achieve her stated mission – Letium Maximus Funom Meterius (Let’s max out the Fun Meter).


From New Brunswick New Jersey, is a caller par excellence. Famous for his maze squares, a maze of heys, he brings joy to dancers at all levels of experience.


The Saturday Night Crystal Ball

In honor of 25 years of Meltdown, a Silver Birthday and our bond with the Ghyrka Golden Gypsies of Betska-Hersagodancin, the color scheme for Saturday night’s Crystal Ball will be a combination of Silver and Gold. All dance gypsies are invited to wear either silver, gold, crystal – or all three! And if their costumes sparkle, so much the better.



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:

Carol Deacon

If you cannot attend, please let Carol Deacon 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 – Gaye Fifer & Wayne Albright

• English Country Dance Workshop – Gaye Fifer

• Caller’s Workshop – Cis Hinkle and Bob Isaacs

• Challenging Contras Workshop – Cis Hinkle

• Squares/Grid Squares – Bob Isaacs

• Salty Dog Rag/Flatfooting Workshop – Terry & Warren Doyle

• RushFest – Emily Rush

• Yoga – Hampton Thrower

• Musician’s Jam – Holley Ross-Bring your instruments along!

• Rise up Singing – Gretchen Caldwell

• Morning Waltz – George Paul & Rob Zisette

• Sunday Brunch by Harriette Bugel

• Sound – Ed Howe

Camp Rules

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

Celebrating 25 “Mighty Fine” Years of Gypsy Meltdown!

To celebrate our 25 years in style we are offering a T shirt. It will be on sale at Meltdown and the cost is $15.

Click here to see more details.

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