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Newcomer Welcome Program

This is information from the 2019 program. Please check back here in the fall for 2022 updates!

– We want YOU to have a great time!

DCSX 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. DCSX is a huge party where everyone is welcome!

Here’s what you should do for your first time at DCSX:

Register for a weekend “EZpass” [on the weekend passes menu] and add the “Newcomer Welcome Program” [on the Separately Ticketed Sessions menu]. Consider adding a Newcomer Jack & Jill contest too.

Reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency or next door at the Hyatt Place.

Join our DCSX groups here and here on Facebook to ask questions or find roommates, and RSVP to DCSX 2019.

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.

Our Newcomer Welcome Program is designed to give you what you need to have fun & feel connected on your first time with us. We include:

A sequence of skill-building L1 workshops, perfect if you already know your basics and are ready to improve your west coast swing dance skills under the guidance of specially selected national-level teachers.

Newcomer Program Orientation (5pm Friday Nov 15) & Closing sessions (2pm Sunday Nov 17)

Social Dance Success “How to find partners, have fun & make friends while dancing” (8pm Friday)

“Newcomer” seating area in the main ballroom for all shows & social dancing.

Welcoming team of experienced “DCSX 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 $5 newcomer Jack & Jill (you must register separately, in advance, for that contest) and anyone else who’d like to join (11am Saturday)

Small group open dancing and “meet & greet” social opportunities

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 DCSX comfortably before Newcomer Orientation (5pm 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 DCSX! We hope you’ll love it here.

→ Yes! We need friendly faces to be DCSX 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.

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

WCS 101 is a special program offered Thursday Nov 14 at 8pm for beginners and brand new dancers. It’s a 2 hour session to learn the basics and meet other newer dancers. It’s followed by a 30 minute practice dance session hosted by the instructors and populated with some friendly and experienced dancers. The admission is $15 at the door, or included in any relevant pass, and includes the rest of the Thursday night party in the large ballroom.


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