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!
Studio Dancing Vacation to Costa Rica
Start Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
End date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Location: Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer fun dancing vacations to exotic locations all over the world and your St. Petersburg North Studio is packing their bags and heading to Costa Rica. This trip will be a great way to socialize with other dancers, receive individual attention from your dance instructor, and explore the beautiful oasis of Costa Rica. We will be staying at the 5-star, all inclusive Hotel Riu Guanacaste located on Matapalo beach. This fully equipped hotel offers guests the best service in addition to a fresh water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and “Renova Spa.” Talk to your instructor today!
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.
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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”!