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SUMMARY MULTI-CYCLE PROGRAM FOR NEW DANCERS
by Mike Seastrom

Introduction:
The Multi-Cycle Program is a method of conducting square dance lessons that start more than once a year. The additional designations of 10 + 10, 13 + 13, and 17 + 17 indicate how many weeks each class is taught before proceeding to the next phase or list of calls. It also indicates how many weeks before a class begins again.

Advantages:

  • By starting classes more than once a year, you make square dancing more available to potential dancers.
  • Enthusiastic new dancers can recruit their non-dancing friends several times a year and dance with them immediately.
  • Your new dancers become your primary recruiters.
  • A shorter commitment for new dancers (i.e., 3 to 4 months instead of 8 to 10).
  • Having two or three class groups on the same night increases class revenue.
  • Shorter class time each night allows brand new dancers time to increase their physical stamina and leaves them wanting more in the first part of the class.
  • Those who miss class nights or need additional class time, can repeat a phase and not wait until the following year to join again.
  • Fast learners and former dancers can move ahead without being held back by those needing more class time.
  • While the more experienced new dancers are "angeling" the brand new dancers, they have an opportunity to review calls and reinforce their skills.

    For additional information on the Multicycle Method and the Multi-Cycle Lesson Plan - available through the CALLERLAB Home Office, contact CALLERLAB.


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