Ballroom Dance Competition events are an important part of every Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s calendar. At Fred Astaire National and Regional Dance Competitions, our students meet, mingle and compete with other student dancers to feel accomplished and confident as dancers. These glamorous dance competition events are held in resort venues across the country, and give you inspiring opportunities to travel, watch, and hone your own dancing skills in a supportive and exciting environment. A variety of other dance events – such as showcases, spotlights, themed dance parties, coaching sessions, dance-themed charitable events and more are also offered throughout the year, to encourage social interaction, help you apply what you’re learning and make your dance lessons experience even more exciting, fun and rewarding. Participating in these events gives every FADS student and student/instructor team the opportunity to progress more rapidly in their dance endeavors, to enjoy fabulous vacation destinations and venues, and have lots of fun along the way!

Weekly Events

June Series Class – Line Dances

Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.

San Diego is filled with County Western venues that offer line dancing.  So why not learn the most popular ones before that Country Night out at Fred Astaire Rancho Bernardo!  For the month of June we’ll be focusing on a new line dance each week that is often danced at various venues.  All levels are welcome.

Bi-Monthly Dance Parties

Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Month of June: June 16, June 30 

Join Fred Astaire Rancho Bernardo for dance parties to practice everything you learn in your private lessons and group classes.  Dance with your significant other or other Fred Astaire students while enjoying a potluck and socializing with fellow students.

Upcoming Showcases

Summer Showcase – July 21

Splash into summer at our Summer Showcase!  Enjoy a night of wonderful dance performances, treats and refreshments!  Event begins at 5:00 p.m.


Regional Competitions


Great Gatsby Gala – June 6 – 10

Location: Town & Country San Diego

Be a spectator of the ballroom world at Great Gatsby Gala Dance Competition!  Tickets range from $20-$80.  For additional information about the event, CLICK HERE.  There will be no group classes Friday, June 8.


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Upcoming National Events: 


Fred Astaire World Championships (National)
July 23rd – 27th, 2018

Bellagio Resort – Las Vegas, NV

Dance the night away in “Sin City”! We’re excited to be returning to the luxurious Bellagio / Las Vegas for a week of excitement and spectacular dancing! Located right on “The Strip” / Las Vegas Boulevard, Bellagio Resort makes for the perfect spot to host the Fred Astaire World Championships, and the perfect destination for your summer getaway. Dance your heats and then step out the ballroom doors for non-stop thrills and entertainment. What better setting for entertaining than the city of Las Vegas? Talk to your FADS Instructor today – the registration deadline is June 6, 2018.

NDC Oct 2017

National Dance Championships (National)
October 29th – November 2nd, 2018

Hilton Bonnet Creek – Orlando, FL

We’re heading back to one of our absolute favorite venues, the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, for this incredible dance event! There will be spectacular dancing, bright lights, and the warm weather and renowned attractions of Orlando – including the excitement of Walt Disney World, just beyond the doors of our resort. Don’t miss out – mark your calendar for the Fred Astaire National Dance Championships and join us  for a great autumn dance getaway! Entries are due by September 24, 2018.

West Coast Dance Championships (Inter-Regional)
January 17th – 19th, 2019

Sheraton Hotel & Marina – San Diego, CA 

We’re returning to the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in sunny San Diego California, for the 2019 Fred Astaire West Coast Dance Championships! This exciting inter-regional dance competition is traditionally our first event of the new year. The San Diego destination will definitely start the new year off right – with warmer weather, gorgeous Harbor views, and area attractions like Sea World, the world-famous San Diego Zoo/Safari Park, the USS Midway and much more. Warm up this winter, and dance with us – talk with your FADS instructor today… the entry deadline is December 27, 2018.