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Marylynn Benitez

  • Executive Dance Board Member
  • Area Dance Director
  • National Examiner
  • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1993


Marylynn Benitez was first introduced to the world of Ballroom dancing while attending the University of Southern California, where she became a member of its Formation Dance Team, headed by Carol Montez. She continued as an Amateur competitor in the International Latin Style. Her Amateur career culminated in becoming the US National Champion and representing the US in three consecutive World Championships. As a Professional competitor, she earned Championship Titles in the US and internationally, including US Rising Star International Latin Champion, British Rising Star International Latin Champion and Fred Astaire International Latin Champion. Other professional achievements include choreography and roles in movies and television productions. She has also had the opportunity to share her expertise in the University arena. Marylynn has been a part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family since 1993 as a Competitor, Instructor, Studio Owner, Coach, National Dance Board Member, National Adjudicator and National Examiner.


  • British International Rising Star Latin Champion
  • Blackpool Rising Star Latin Finalist
  • Represented the USA in Blackpool Team Match
  • United States Latin Finalist
  • United States Rising Star Latin Champion
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalist and featured soloist in PBS Telecast
  • Fred Astaire International Latin Champion
  • Fred Astaire Examiner
  • Collaborated in the creation of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Silver and Gold Level Syllabus, and Demonstrator in the Silver Syllabus DVDs
  • Assistant Choreographer and featured dancer in the films Salsa and Dance With Me


  • International Latin
  • American Rhythm
  • American Smooth
  • Choreography
  • Professional Certification

Marylynn Benitez 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.