Events

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:

Regional Trophy Ball 

Let’s Celebrate! It is time to honor our students hard work, dedication and dance accomplishments at our Regional Trophy Ball on Thursday, November 29th from 6-10 PM. This elegant evening will take place at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa. This is a black-tie event with a cocktail party, sit-down dinner, dancing and certificates awarded. This a very special event that you do not want to miss! Students should talk to their instructors for more information and pricing.

2018 South Florida Dancesport Championships

Start date: December 13, 2018

End date: December 16, 2018

Location: The Diplomat Resort & Spa – 3555 S. Ocean Dr. Hollywood, FL

Take in spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway from The Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. Ideally situated on the golden sand beaches of Hollywood, Florida, this impressive hotel offers the ideal retreat. Every day at this distinctively unique resort is memorable.

Whatever your pleasure, there is plenty to do at and around our stunning beach resort. Relax in a poolside cabana by our one-of-a-kind, infinity-edge pool featuring a porthole with two waterfalls over-flowing into a 240-foot lagoon pool. Play golf just a mile away on an 18-hole championship course featuring 6,800 yards on a par 72 for a challenging game, or play a set on one of ten tennis courts located there. The resort’s luxurious full-service spa showcases scenic ocean views. Adjacent to the spa is a two-story, 24-hour fitness center.

On the Intracoastal Waterway across from the resort is the Diplomat Landing Marina, offering charters for yachting, fishing, and sailing as well as dockage by day, overnight or longer. Explore the local area via water taxi and city trolleys making regular stops at the resort. The Diplomat Resort is easily accessible from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, situated within 25 minutes of two major airports and Port Everglades.

Prime location on a blue wave certified beach, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, close to major airports, extensive shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities and 6 restaurants including the AAA Four Diamond-rated Diplomat Prime Steakhouse.

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 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.

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

Upcoming National Events:


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 19, 2018.


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!


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!