Newcomer Welcome Program

Welcome to MADjam!

The Welcome Program will help you have a great time your first time with us. It includes Orientation (4pm Friday 3/6), a ‘social dance success’ seminar Friday at 7pm, and a closing session (2pm Sunday). During the convention you’ll take your pick from a tailored series of in-depth workshops, lots and lots of dancing practice, shows, social opportunities and specialized attention to your needs at your first convention weekend with us. 

Ready to have fun and meet some amazing people?

The MADjam’s Weekend Welcome Program is for you! Let’s get started:

Register for a full weekend “EZpass” [on the event pass menu] and add the “Newcomer Welcome Program” [on the ‘Separately Ticketed’ menu] just so we know you are coming. 

Consider adding a Newcomer Jack & Jill contest to your registration, if you know your basics and are okay dancing with anyone you draw in this exciting random-match beginner contest. We’ll warm up together & practice at 10 am Saturday morning. 

Reserve a hotel room: check in Friday March 6 for two or three nights, or include Thursday night too for even more dancing. Contact if you need help getting a reservation. 

Get to class. Most of our full program attendees already have a grasp of the basics from classes at home. We’ll help you take it to the next level – competency, comfort & FUN!

Join our MADjam groups here and here on Facebook to ask questions or find roommates, and RSVP to MADjam 2021.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our weekend of west coast swing fun!

At MADjam, you can take workshops to rapidly improve your skills, watch incredible superstar shows, social dance for hours and hours and hours, and even compete if you’d like to. 

-> Please join us for the whole weekend Newcomer Welcome program if you can! 

If you are only able to join for a short time, however, we recommend Friday 4-10pm (“Newcomer Friday Mini Pass”) or Thursday 8-10pm “WCS101” (or both!) for a mini MADjam experience. 

YES it’s fine to come to the whole weekend experience by yourself. You’ll find a cohort of people to learn with in this program, and our crowd is very friendly and welcoming.

Packing list:

  • Lots of changes of clothes.
  • A water bottle & some snacks.
  • A sweater for when you are watching shows.
  • Shoes you can dance in.
  • Your enthusiasm for learning new things & meeting new people & embracing new experiences!

Are you totally new to West Coast Swing? Get a taste on Thursday!

“WCS 101” is a special program offered Thursday March 5 at 8pm just for beginners, brand new dancers and folks who want to review basics or meet new people. No partner or previous experience needed. In this two hour class, you’ll start with the basics and have some fun with West Coast Swing. Stick around after class to practice what you learned and hang out at the party. Where? Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, Essex ballroom. Admission is $20 at the door, and includes watching or dancing in the big ballroom too if you want to stick around.  More info. 

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. Sign up here to volunteer to help.

Join us on Facebook! Here, here and here

For additional information about the Newcomer program contact MADjam Co-director Kay Newhouse.