This worksheet (Square Dance Club Options) is designed to help clubs think about their policies and the impact of their policies on the composition of their clubs. It is fine for clubs to have whatever policies they like, but it is also important to take into consideration how certain policies encourage or discourage certain people from wanting to join the club. There is no magic set of policies that will make square dancing clubs appeal to everyone. The important point is to think of your target audience and make sure your policies make your club appealing to those kinds of people.
Michael Haworth expresses an opinion about why it is so difficult to retain dancers in the U.S.
In Japan, a dancer can attend a “debut party” after learning the Basic program. This helps them to gain confidence in their dancing. After that party, they go back to learn the calls for the Mainstream program. They are expected to dance at the Mainstream level for at least one full year before they attempt to learn Plus. I think this makes the dancers more confident and, therefore, more likely to continue.