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!

Upcoming Studio & Regional Events:

2019 Freddy Awards Ball 

Start date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

End date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Location: Loews Portofino Bay – Orlando, FL

All of the hard work and practice come to fruition under the hot lights of competition at the 2019 Freddy Ball! For our instructors, it is the “Oscars” of our industry, as top teachers will be awarded a “Freddy Award” for their outstanding performances of the 2018 year. St. Pete North’s owner, Manny Herrera, will be receiving his Fred Astaire 5-year longevity award! Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and show off their dancing skills in a competition setting.

Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel is an upscale Italian-themed hotel, located bayside right on the grounds of Universal Orlando. Nestled along the water, and with details like cobblestone streets and towering Italian cypress trees just like the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, you’ll swear you’re actually in Europe. Perfectly appointed rooms and suites, gorgeous vistas and incredible cuisine welcome you to celebrate la dolce vita… ”the sweet life”.

Come support your dance family ~ watch your fellow students compete, cheers as your instructors dance in the pro divisions, and take pride as awards are handed out! Ask your instructor for more details

Champagne Guest Party

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

Location: Fred Astaire St. Pete North

Our students know how much fun dance and dance lessons are, so we are planning a great opportunity for them to share that passion! We are having a Champagne Guest Party on Friday, March 8th at 7:00 PM. We are asking that students bring a guest – co-workers, friends, neighbors, colleagues, family – all the people they have told about their fun times at our dance studio. No previous dance experience is necessary. This Champagne Guest Party will consist of a beginners group class, social dancing and performances. Your guests will have the opportunity to schedule a complimentary lesson! Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There is no cost to attend and is open to all people – even if you don’t know one of our students! RSVP by calling the studio at (727) 954-4058.

Studio Dance Trip to Havana, Cuba

Start date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

End date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Location: Havana, Cuba – Hotel Melia Cohiba

We will be embarking on an unforgettable trip to Havana, Cuba! Join your fellow St. Pete North students, as well as Fred Astaire students from Texas & Chicago, Thursday, March 28 – Sunday, March 31 as we dance our way through the streets of Havana. This amazing dance trip will include all meals, 3 drinks per day, transportation, and all museum/bar/attraction entrance fees.

*Dance Lesson
*El Floridita (Ernest Hemingway’s Bar)
*Casa De La Musica & other night clubs (several around)
*Calle Obispo (shops, restaurants, bars)
*Havana Club Rum Factory
*Callejon de Hamel (Sunday around noon – rumba music)
*Walk the Malecon (seawall by hotel)
*Shopping, Local Churches, Marina, Museums & Park

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

Upcoming National Events:

Cross Country Dance Championships (National)
April 24th – 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 – the entry deadline is March 20, 2019! Let’s make this a Texas-sized event!

Lonestar Dance Camp
April 23th, 2019
Houston Marriott Marquis – Houston, TX

Great News!! Our Guest Coaches will be available for Private lessons prior to their group classes. These coaching’s are $300 a piece, are available to Amateur, Pro/Am, and Professional couples only. No single lessons. Please email only your booking requests to Requests will be taken on a first come, First served basis. You will then be sent an invoice via email confirming your place. You will have 48 hours to pay that invoice. Any invoices not paid within 48 hours, and you will automatically forfeit your spot. The Private Lesson Schedule will be updated daily. Please do not call, leave messages, or text any requests. Requests will ONLY be taken via email to make it fair for everyone.
Click Here for the Private Lesson Schedule.

Fred Astaire World Championships (National)
July 22nd – 26th, 2019
Mirage Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Our Host Resort for the 2019 Fred Astaire World Championships (FAWC) 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 ballroom 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, entries are due by June 19th, 2019. Let’s dance the days – and nights away – in “Sin City”!

National Dance Championships (National)
October 28th – November 1st, 2019
Hilton Bonnet Creek – Orlando, FL

We’re heading back to the 
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, for the 2019 Fred Astaire National Dance Championships. Join us for spectacular dancing, bright lights,  warm weather and the renowned attractions of Orlando. Our host resort features a 3-acre lazy river and pool, 18-hole championship golf course, spa, fitness center, nearly a dozen dining and lounge options, and complimentary transportation to Disney World. Average temperatures hover around 78°F, and the area is home to major theme parks, outlet shopping, sports and family attractions, history – and of course, lots of nightlife. Closer to the parquet, watch thrilling dance performances as a spectator in the ballroom, spend time meeting new people, catch up with old friends and challenge yourself on the dance floor. Mark your calendar now, and talk to your FADS instructor – the entry deadline is September 25th!