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2019 Newcomer Welcome Program details will be added here as they are confirmed. The program will be simillar to 2018's below.

NEWCOMER WELCOME PROGRAM  We want YOU to have a great time!

MADjam offers a *special* welcome program just for first time attendees, to introduce you to new friends, answer your questions, and support you and your dancing as you join the immersive fun of our weekend west coast swing event. The Newcomer Welcome Program includes tailored workshops and a social track with specialized attention to your needs at your very first convention weekend with us. MADjam is a huge party where everyone is welcome!

Here’s what you should do for your first time at MADjam:
Register for a weekend “EZpass” [on the main menu] and add the “Newcomer Welcome Program” [on the workshops menu]. Consider adding a Newcomer Jack & Jill contest too.
Reserve a hotel room at the Marriott or the Hilton Garden Inn.
Join our MADjam groups here and here on Facebook to ask questions or find roommates, and RSVP to MADjam 2018.
Entry into the popular main ballrooms for ALL contests and pro shows, AND four nights of all-night social dancing are all included in your weekend pass.

Newcomer Welcome Program includes:
  • Eight hours of skill-building L1 workshops, to improve your west coast swing dance skills under the guidance of specially selected national-level teachers.
  • Newcomer Program Orientation & Closing sessions (4pm Friday; 2pm Sunday)
  • Social Dance Seminar “How to find partners, have fun & make friends while dancing” (7pm Friday)
  • “Newcomer” seating area in the main ballroom for all shows & social dancing.
  • A welcoming team of experienced "MADjam Mentors" ready to meet you, dance with you, and answer your questions all weekend long
  • A friendly warm-up session for people who enter the $1 newcomer Jack & Jill (you must register separately, in advance, for that contest) and anyone else who’d like to join (10am Saturday)
  • Small group open dancing and “meet & greet” social opportunities
  • A cohort of other friendly event first-timers who can't wait to meet you and have fun all weekend together!
You should plan to arrive at MADjam comfortably before Newcomer Orientation (4pm Friday). If you arrive as early as Thursday night, consider taking the “WCS 101” session or joining some of the pre-weekend social dancing in the main ballroom. Pack or bring:
  • Comfortable shoes to dance in; or you can buy shoes at the event!
  • Lots of changes of clothes.
  • A water bottle & some snacks.
  • Your enthusiasm for learning new things & meeting new people & embracing new experiences!
Welcome to MADjam! We hope you’ll love it here.

→ Yes! We need friendly faces to be MADjam Mentors for our new friends as we welcome them to our event. Contact
Kay to volunteer to help.

Join us on Facebook! A group has been set up just for participants in this program.

Also check out the WCS 101 event Thursday night. Invite anyone who's totally new to West Coast Swing.

For additional information about the Newcomer program contact event Co-director
Kay Newhouse or Newcomer Program Assistant Tammy Davis

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