The 7th Annual

Mid-Winter ♥ Melt Down
Music and Dance Weekend

February 17-19, 2017

A weekend of dances, workshops, song, and parties sponsored by area dance and music groups ... featuring local and regional musicians and callers.

Dance Weekend Events

Preliminary schedule as of Feb 1, 2017 - check back for updates     Download a flyer
Friday, February 17
Friday Evening
8:00-11:00 p.m. $10 Evening Contra Dance (7:30pm beginner lesson)
at New York Elementary School
with caller Jerome Grisanti, and
live music by the Euphoria String Band
11:00 p.m. After-dance Party at Joe and Susan's
Bring your favorite potluck snack. (Map available at the dance)
Saturday, February 18
Saturday Afternoon
3:00 - 5:30 p.m. $8
(for Musicians)

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. $8
(for Dancers)
Workshop: Mechanics of Contra Magic
at New York Elementary School
Led by Jill Allen and the Dire Ducks
3:00pm All-musician jam with specific tips/info about playing for dances.
Led by the Dire Ducks.
4:30pm Dancers join in,
with caller Jill Allen and
music by the Dire Ducks and the musician workshop attendees.

Break for dinner
7:30-10:30 p.m. $10
Evening Contra Dance (7:00pm beginner lesson)
at New York Elementary School
with caller Lisa Harris and live music by Dire Ducks Unlimited
10:30 p.m. After-dance Party at Daniel Pennington's
Bring potluck snacks. (Map available at the dance)
Sunday, February 19
Sunday Morning
10:00 a.m. - Noon Potluck Brunch
at Lynne's, 814 Kasold
Bring your favorite brunch item.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30pm (free) Shape Note Singing
at Lynne's, 814 Kasold
Beginners welcome!
Sunday Afternoon
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested price $7-10
($4 student)
English Country Dance
(Beginner lesson at 1pm)
at New York Elementary School

Housing: Home stay housing available on a first-come, first-served basis. E-mail for details.

Click here for a full list of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and map.

Fine Print: There is no pre-registration (we have dancing space for all). As different parts of the weekend are organized by different organizations, pay at the door for each event. No partner necessary. Wear clean shoes appropriate to dancing. No hard black heels, no shoes that tend to carry gravel in their treads, no cowboy boots. No smoking or alcohol in buildings. Supervised children only.

For more dance weekend info or to volunteer, email .

Links to related information:...

The Lawrence Barn Dance Association calendar

Folk and traditional music and dance in Lawrence, KS