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!
Fred Astaire Competitions:
Fred Astaire International Competition: TBD
Cross Country Dance Championships: April 24-28, 2018 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Fred Astaire World Championships: July 23-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
National Dance Championships: October 29-November 2 2018 (Monday-Friday)
In addition to participating in national dance events, Fred Astaire San Diego hosts many in-studio events for students to participate in. We have found that preparing for an event pushes students to work hard and results in a quicker rate of progress. Events not only improve your dancing, but also provide the opportunity to mingle and have fun with fellow dancers and instructors!
WCDC– West Coast Dance Championships is our local competition here in San Diego every January
Salsa Series starts the month of September 2018 on Thursdays for four weeks at 7:30. First date is Thursday Sept 6. Enrollment for this series is $50 for a single and $75 for a couple. Each week of the series we will add new choreography upon what was taught the week before to build a routine by the end of the series.
Spring Fling Student Showcase Student performances and potluck!!
Join us for a night of all things NEW! Students can perform new dance styles, try out a new dance teacher, wear a new outfit, anything new! Newsome Twosome provides everyone with the opportunity to show off what they’ve been learning.
Area Match Comp This event will be held at our Oceanside Studio at 845 S. Coast Hwy Oceanside Ca 92054
10:30 Warm Ups 11am Start & Catered banquet meal. Interested in some friendly competition? Join us for our area’s match competition, where dancers from San Diego, Oceanside, Rancho Bernardo, and Las Vegas come together to battle it out on the dance floor. Match Comp is a terrific opportunity to get a taste of what competitive dancing is like, and also a great goal to set to accelerate your progress. Ask us how you can be a part of team San Diego!
U.S.O. Showcase and Potluck This is a way to show off what you have been learning with your teacher in front others who are taking lessons here at the studio. We have a red, white, and blue theme to pay tribute to our United States Military that has supported our studios for years.
Student Showcase Extravaganza- Wed. Sept 19 here at San Diego studio 7:30pm
Freddieween Student Showcase- Saturday Oct 20, 2018 at our Laguna Hills studio 11am start
Halloween Spotlight Showcase Party
Join us for tricks, treats, and a night full of fantastic dancing! This is a night to show off what you have been working on with your teacher in front of your fellow students. Come in your best costume (we’ll have a contest for the best get-up!) and get ready for an evening of spooky swings, terrifying tangos, bewitching bachatas, and more! We’ll provide the tricks, and encourage you to bring in some of your favorite treats to share! On the 31st, Halloween night we will have our regularly scheduled dance party at 8:15 where you are more than welcome to dress up again.
Spotlight Showcase Party
Its Spotlight time…your time to shine! Show off what you’ve been working on in your lessons, and watch your fellow students strut their stuff! Spotlight is a wonderful opportunity to see dancing of all levels, from beginner all the way to the pros! This event will be held at the Oceanside studio…let’s celebrate your dancing accomplishments as a big Fred Astaire family!
Its graduation time! Trophy Ball is our Semi Annual event that celebrates students moving up in their levels of dancing. We love seeing everyone progress on their dancing journeys; you all make us so proud! This event will be held at the Rancho Bernardo studio, so get dolled up and join us for a day honoring your accomplishments. Judge Marylynn Benitez will be there as well!!
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Upcoming National Events:
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 18, 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 2019. The San Diego destination will definitely start your 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.
Cross Country Dance Championships (National)
April 23rd – 27th, 2019
Houston Marriott Marquis – Houston, TX
Another exciting Cross Country Dance Championships is upon us, and we are thrilled to be returning to Houston, Texas… and the Houston Marriott Marquis! With over 1,000 rooms, amazing amenities and eateries, and a one-of-a-kind rooftop lazy river (shaped liked Texas), you won’t need to venture far to discover adventure. Dance your heats, and explore all that Houston has lots to offer – including Discovery Green Park, the Houston Zoo, museums, Downtown Aquarium, haunted Houston and architecture tours, great shopping – and of course, incredible BBQ and fusion cuisine. So saddle up, cowboys & cowgirls – because we’ll be kickin’ up our heels all week! Make sure you talk to your FADS Instructor and get your entries and packages in – let’s make this a Texas-sized event!
Fred Astaire World Championships (National)
July 22nd – 26th, 2019
Mirage Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Our Host Resort for FAWC 2019 is the luxurious Mirage Hotel & Casino – join us, for a week of excitement and spectacular dancing! Located right on “The Strip” / Las Vegas Boulevard, the Mirage Hotel & Casino features a tropical Polynesian-theme, over 3,000 guestrooms, and a dizzying array of amenities and entertainment options. And Las Vegas is the perfect choice for your exciting summer getaway. Dance your heats and then explore all that Las Vegas & the surrounding area has to offer. Don’t miss out – talk to your FADS Instructor today – and let’s dance the days – and nights away – in “Sin City”!