The Beth Fowler Dance Company performed as live window displays at the Sycamore Moonlight Madness on November 21 from 6-8:30. This was our 5th year participating in this fun festive event. Dancers were clad in beautiful costumes from their upcoming performance of “The Nutcracker” which will be held at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb on December 5 and 6 at 7pm and Dec 8 at 2pm. The Company will also perform The Nutcracker at St Charles North High School on Dec. 13th at 7 pm and December 14 at 2pm. Don’t miss out on these fun family evenings and the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker Ballet.
What does the Performing Group do?
The Performing Group performs at local community events, competes in competitions as well as performs in our regular dance performances in the theatre that we offer to all students 3 times per year. (December, March and June)
The auditions are in August of each year.
The Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group recently competed in their 3rd regional dance competition of this 2014 season. This past weekend on May 9th – May 11th they competed in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Freeport, IL which was a sold out competition with 524 teams. Beth Fowler’s Intermediate group (ages 10-12) and Advanced group (ages 13-15) both took 1st place over all in each of their age divisions. Every Beth Fowler dance that competed this 2014 competition season has scored at a “Platinum” level at every competition entered, including 12 “Double Platinums.”
The Intermediate Group performed “Slow Me Down” and “Girl’s Night” both choreographed by Brooke Fowler. This season “Girl’s Night” took 2nd place overall and “Slow Me Down” has taken 1st place over all at every competition entered this year. It has also received “Best choreography of the weekend” at both Rainbow National Dance Competition and Legacy National Dance Competition, and “Most Entertaining dance of the weekend” at Odyssey National Dance Competition. Ms. Fowler also choreographed a duet, “The Perfect Two” which took 1st place over all at the last two competitions, and 3rd place over all at the 1st competition of the year. BFSD dancer, Sophia Gapuz received the “Best Entertainer” of the weekend award.
The Advanced Group performed “One Night is all We Got” choreographed by Hannah Smith which took 3rd place over all, and “In the Closet” choreographed by Joey Hernandez which took 1st place over all. Ms. Smith also choreographed a trio, “Toxic” which took 2nd place over all. All solos competed this season by the Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group placed in the top 5 taking 1st thru 5th place over all. BFSD dancer, Carly Ruggeri received the scholarship to attend KAR’s Dance Convention Classes for free in Chicago, IL.
The Beth Fowler School of Dance just started competing last year in 2013 when they also took 1st place over all. All Beth Fowler competitive dancers train in the school’s class program, and have only competed with the Beth Fowler School of Dance. The dance school’s program focuses on training dancers for excellent technique as well as performance artistry. This training has enabled the dancers to secede at a high level of competition in a short time.
The staff at Beth Fowler School of Dance is excited to be celebrating 30 years of bringing Dance into the hearts of students and their families. There will be many exciting events happening throughout the year in celebration so check back often to not miss out.
If 30 years of business is not exciting enough this year also marks the 20th annual presentation by the Beth Fowler Dance Company of the “Nutcracker Ballet”. Don’t miss out on this special presentation taking place at the Historic Egyptian Theater on December 6,7,8. Ticket information will be available at www.egyptiantheatre.org very soon.
Do you want to be part of the cast? Every year the Beth Fowler Dance Company fills the student roles in “The Nutcracker” with the students of the Beth Fowler Dance School. All students enrolled in the ballet program at the school are invited to perform with their class. NO Rehearsal Fees or production Fees are charged. A small costume Rental Fee is required.
Dancers of the Beth Fowler Dance Company were asked to perform their Cirque Du Soleil Dance at the Miss Illinois Pageant in Marion, Il. in June. The girls were beautiful and a big hit. Choreographed by Miss Hannah Smith.
Welcome to Beth Fowler School of Dance!
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Beth Fowler’s Background- Beth Fowler Dance Company est. 1994
Beth Fowler studied with the Milwaukee Ballet and was a principle dancer with Rockford Dance Company and the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre of Crystal Lake. She established her school of dance in Genoa in 1983 at the age of 15. As her school grew and established its excellent reputation, she developed the Beth Fowler Dance Company in 1994. This pre-professional dance company requires dancers to execute difficult tasks at a professional level in an audition.
Beth Fowler’s Students Accomplishments
She has developed dancers who have danced with professional dance companies, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and with the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls. Her students have received scholarships to study with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Milwaukee Ballet and college dance programs.
Performing Opportunities- “The Nutcracker”
The Beth Fowler Dance Company presents annual performances each December of “The Nutcracker.” Children from the Beth Fowler School of Dance perform the children’s roles. All students age 4 and up that wish to perform are accepted into “The Nutcracker” productions. All students age 3 and up have opportunities to perform in the annual Spring/Summer productions. The Beth Fowler School of Dance and Dance Company is unique in that it owns and provides all costumes and props and never charges for extra rehearsals outside of class.
Performing Opportunities- Spring/Summer
The School has a repertoire of alternating Spring/Summer productions. Ballet productions include “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” etc. Jazz productions include “Grease,” “Fame,” “Dancing Thru The Decades,” etc. Lyrical productions include “West Side Story,” “The Wizard Of Oz,” etc.
Dance School Structure
Beth Fowler teaches at least one class in each level, beginning through professional (ages 3 through adult). For the dancers this creates a consistency from level to level, accomplishes progressive goals and sets a strong foundation. Once the dancers reach advanced levels, they work with Mrs. Fowler and guest teachers, many who are college professors of dance. This is the time for diversity.
Beth Fowler School of Dance Faculty
The dance faculty at the school have excellent backgrounds in dance training, performing and teaching experience. The teachers themselves started their dance training as young children with Beth Fowler and progressed through the school’s programs. This supports the need for consistency in the staff from level to level focusing on continuous progression. Additionally, teachers are chosen for their ability to connect and relate to the typical needs of the students.
Hip Hop Program
Leading the Hip Hop program is Robert Lewis, who recently performed and competed on the popular MTV series America’s Best Dance Crew with the Xtreme Dance Force crew. As a child, Robert trained in ballet and jazz with Beth Fowler.
The Beth Fowler School of Dance is known for developing dancers to professional level and offers structured dance programs from beginning levels (starting at age 3) through professional. Most of these company-level dancers started out in an entry level program Fowler developed more than 20 years ago. This class, titled “Creative Dance,” is for children from the ages of 3-6. In this specialized program Beth strives to capture the full attention of each child as she educates and entertains at the same time. The Creative Dance program teaches young dancers an impressive amount of quality dance and technique quickly, with everything presented in an exciting and creative way. Poor technique is habit forming and can be difficult to change. So a good start with good habits is important right at the very beginning.
Fowler believes that children progress best when a class does not have mixed ages. For that reason, each Creative Dance class has only one age present. Dancers starting at age seven experience Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap and Lyrical. The studio also has a large all-boys program.
Discounts are given to dancers taking multiple dance classes so they can benefit from taking a full class in each dance form. Family discounts are also available. These programs are offered to beginning through professional level for boys and girls. All dancers have performing opportunities in our dance productions. Costumes are provided.
Proper Start … Successful Future
Beautiful 8,000 square foot facility!