Welcome to Carolina Meltdown 2023!

Registration Is Live! Black Friday Pricing Is Sold Out (woo hoo!), but Click Here to Register on Eventbrite for Limited Early Bird Pricing!
We've changed our name, but not the fun!
Our theme is Rowdy Rockabilly Reunion !

It's been 3 years, so get ready for the Saturday night Rowdy Rockin' Reunion!
Due to continuing concerns of the close quarters of the cabins, there will be no cabins in 2023. We are disappointed, too.

New to contra dancing or Carolina Meltdown? Carolina Meltdown is our annual dance weekend that has been held for decades at a lovely YMCA Camp on Lake Wylie, SC. It runs from Friday evening with events throughout the weekend ending Sunday afternoon.
Please contact us with any questions!

The Awesome Bands

Gaslight Tinkers - The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as “Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns,” The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. The sound and energy of Audrey, Jopey, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.
Check them out!

​​The Dam Beavers - are Ben Schreiber on fiddle, Scotty Leach on piano, and Ness Smith-Savedoff on drums. With roots in a wide variety of styles and genres, their music comprises an eclectic mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. Let the current sweep you away as the Dam Beavers build a dam of rhythm beneath your feet.
Check them out!

Short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcaODt_GPRM

Long clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pABROJK7tHo

The Amazing Callers

Will Mentor - is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"

Seth Tepfer  - Seth Tepfer teaches adults and children to dance in less than 60 seconds. He calls 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. Whatever the dance, you can be certain that all involved - novices and experienced dancers alike - will go away happy and eager to dance more!


Ed Howe - the sound man and violin virtuoso


It's been 3 years, so get ready for the Saturday night Rowdy Rockin' Reunion! Break out your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, pomade and dance the night away to our great lineup. No squares! No Pat Boone impersonators LOL!


The exact schedule is still being firmed up, and will be published as soon as we are reasonably confident in it!


Join us Friday for POTLUCK! Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite food to share!
Need vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free? No problem - just let us know on your registration form!

Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday Lunch are provided this year by Camp Thunderbird if you purchased the meal plan.

We have added a Cookie Break on Saturday night, so feel free to bring your favorite baked goods to share. Gluten free treats are always appreciated.

Sleeping Arrangements?

We have enjoyed the close quarters cabins of Camp Thunderbird for many years of Meltdowns. This year, as a nod to lingering Covid concerns, we are not offering lodging options in the cabins. Many happy memories abound around bunkbeds and kid-sized showers but this year, we will make different memories. 2024 will see us rubbing elbows in the cabins and on the dance floor yet again!

Available are local hotels (Charlotte, NC near Carowinds, Fort Mill, SC and Rock Hill, SC). Camping is available at nearby McDowell Park (704/588-5224). Efforts are currently underway to see if we can reserve a block of rooms at local hotels - so check back here for more details are they are firmed up.
Also, feel free to reach out to your Charlotte area friend to see if they have space! Or make a new friend by posting on our Facebook page to see what the natives might have!

Remember NO CAMPING at Camp Thunderbird.

Workshops and Special Events - schedule and details to follow

  • Waltz Workshop

  • English Country Dance Playshop

  • Callers’ Workshop

  • Challenging Contras

  • RushFest - Emily Rush

  • Morning Waltz


Registration will open on Black Friday with a limited number of tickets available at a special Early Bird price!
If you would like to print out your registration and mail it in, click the brochure link here.


Black Friday Special is Sold Out (Thank you!)

Early Bird after Black Friday Special - Until January 15th - 100 Tickets total!

  • All Dances and Workshops - Saturday Lunch/Dinner and Sunday Lunch  $150

  • All Dances and Workshops - No Meals  $120

Regular Pricing after Jan 15th or when all the earlier tickets are sold out

  • All Dances and Workshops - Saturday Lunch/Dinner and Sunday Lunch  $165

  • All Dances and Workshops - No Meals  $130


50% Refund minus $15 will be issued up to 7 days before the dance.
No refunds within a week of the dance, but contact us to transfer tickets.


Contact & Registration Information

Carol Deacon – threedogfarm@comporium.net 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.