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FADS Dance Board Member Jim Carter

Jim Carter

  • International Dance Council Member
  • Area Dance Director
  • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1984


Jim has proudly been part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family since 1984. He is currently the Co-Area Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Illinois region. Jim is the Choreographer and creative genius of many of the country’s award-winning best Solos, Novelties, Showcases and Professional Show Dances. His choreography consistently wins top awards at Regional and National Fred Astaire competitions. Jim excels in all aspects of sales and enrollment, motivational business training, and student and professional coaching and choreography. Jim can construct a highly successful Showcase Casting Day for a studio of any size, and then choreograph and produce an exhilarating and entertaining Studio Showcase, with students and professionals of any and every level. Jim has been a longtime favorite Fred Astaire Coach to have in studios across the country, because he offers fresh and exciting lessons and choreography, and he adds an infectious spark of fun and enthusiasm to the studio atmosphere like no other.


  • National Fred Astaire Theatrical and Cabaret Champion
  • National Fred Astaire Rising Star Rhythm Champion
  • National Fred Astaire Open Rhythm Finalist
  • USDC Rising Star Theatrical Champion
  • USDC Open to the World Cabaret Finalist
  • Texas Challenge Grand Championship Winner
  • Featured on PBS Night of Championship Ballroom Dancing
  • Choreographed and Produced Several Fred Astaire National Pro Shows


  • American Smooth
  • American Rhythm
  • Theater Arts
  • Choreography
  • Business Training
  • Show Dance
  • Enrollment

Jim Carter is part of the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Dance Council, which oversees Dance Instructor training and certification, judges (Professional, Amateur, Pro/Am) at Regional, National & International Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Competition events, actively coaches our Students & Instructors in dance studio locations across our network, and continuously reviews our proprietary dance curriculum to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our Students. For more information on the Fred Astaire International Dance Council or any of its members, please contact us.