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)

Studio Events:

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

Samba Series  starts the month of July 2018 on Tuesdays for four weeks at 7:30. First date is Tuesday July 10. Enrollment for this series is $40 for a single and $65 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!!

Newsome Twosome  
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   Saturday May 19, 2018     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  Thursday July 12 7:30 at San Diego studio   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.

Freddieween Oct 20, 2018 at our Laguna Hills studio

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!

Trophy Ball                                                                                       
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!!

Holiday Show

Join Us & Live Out Your Dance Dreams with Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

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.