This December, the Beth Fowler Dance Company and Beth Fowler School of Dance will renew a beloved local holiday tradition, as they celebrate their return to the live stage, and again usher in the magic of the holiday season, presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet.”

For more than a quarter century, the Beth Fowler dancers and artists, from beginners to professionals, have taken the stage for nights of beauty and wonder, during this annual production to open the Beth Fowler Dance Company’s performance season.

The Beth Fowler Dance Company will perform the holiday classic during four shows at the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, from Friday, Dec. 3, to Sunday, Dec. 5. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The ballet, featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, tells the story of young Clara who receives a toy

soldier nutcracker at her family Christmas party. That night, her dreams take her into a world

where the nutcracker comes to life and defeats the Rat King in a midnight battle. The

Nutcracker is transformed into a prince, and escorts Clara on a magical adventure through a

snowy forest into the Land of Sweets, before returning her safely home, leaving her to wonder

if it was all just a dream?

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live theater throughout the nation, Beth Fowler,

artistic director and owner of the Beth Fowler School of Dance, opted to reimagine the long-

running stage production as a feature film, to enable all BFSD dancers to once more experience

the magic of performing, but in a controlled, safe environment.

After producing and screening “The Nutcracker Movie” in January 2021, the live performance

will return to the Egyptian Theater stage.

The live performance will once more feature all of the props, scenery and special effects local

audiences have come to know and love – including the “snow” that gently falls not only on stage,

but also within the auditorium, drawing the audience only deeper into the beauty and magic of “The Nutcracker.”

Beth Fowler and her Company dancers say they can’t wait to leap onto the stage once more, to

earn the applause of a packed house.

“We are all so excited to be performing live again for the first time since our Nutcracker performances in December 2019,” Fowler said.  “This will be a special Christmas to celebrate and we anticipate that many people will come to the Egyptian Theatre, which is  always so beautifully decorated for Christmas.”

Brooke Bend, of St. Charles, will dance the role of the Snow Queen. 

Shimmering in a dazzling white tutu, the Snow Queen closes the first act of the show, partnering with the Snow King in a hypnotizing routine with her corps of Snowflakes, setting the stage for Clara to journey on a magical sleigh into the Land of Sweets in Act 2.

“Snow Queen has been my dream role since I began doing Nutcracker,” said Bend. “I love the

music and how beautiful the dance is, and especially how pretty it is when the snow falls from

the ceiling.” 

Bend will partner with the Snow King, portrayed by Jack Goings, of Augusta, Wisconsin.

Goings, now entering his final semester at Northern Illinois University, has acted and danced professionally in productions in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois and Wisconsin. Fowler hired Goings in 2020 to dance the role of Snow King in the filmed “Nutcracker Movie.”

“I remember walking into the first day of filming and seeing the set on stage and how magnificent it was, it was my first Nutcracker performance and I got to see the beautiful set come to life in front of me as the dancers took the stage,” said Goings. 

“I enjoyed working with the studio and all of the talented performers, choreographers, and Beth Fowler herself so much that when she asked if I would be a part of the Nutcracker this year, of course, I said yes. It’s been my pleasure to work with a company that has such a respect for dance as a performance.”

Goings was highly complimentary of Bend, his dance partner for the show.

“She is talented, dedicated, and hardworking,” Goings said. “Dancing with her has been a joy because we both put in so much effort when we dance which then, in turn, makes it easier for the other.”

The cast will be led by Clara Owen, of St. Charles, who will dance her namesake role of Clara.

Owen said she is excited to share her take on this iconic role.

She said the role of Clara has helped her to hone her acting skills – abilities she had not used

much in previous dances. She danced as the Ballerina Doll, in the stunning party scene for “The

Nutcracker Movie.”

“Filming is nice, but I prefer performing on stage,” said Owen. “Being able to perform in front of

an audience and greet them after is much more fun.”

Bend agreed that filming the movie in 2020 will be an experience she will always treasure.

“Just being able to spend time with my dance friends at the theatre again,” said Bend. “We had

all missed dancing there so much, and we were all so happy to be back, because it made things

feel normal again.”

Now, Bend and Owen said they and their fellow dancers will be able to help the rest of the

community share in that special holiday magic once more, as well.

“’The Nutcracker’ is just such a classic part of Christmas that when many dancers hear

‘Christmas season,’ they also hear ‘Nutcracker,’” said Owen. “It is the first year back into a live

show with a live audience, and seeing ‘The Nutcracker’ live is so much more personal.

“We love performing, and we hope you love to see us.”

“The Nutcracker is a beautiful celebration of unity, togetherness and family, as we go into the holidays,” said Goings. “It’s a great way to get your holiday spirit going.”

Beth Fowler Dance Company alumnus Jacob Bliujus, formerly of Sycamore, has returned to

dance the role of The Nutcracker Prince.

BFDC dancer Emily Fox, of St. Charles, will dance the haunting and iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ben Christian, of Sycamore, will dance the role of Fritz.

BFDC alumnus and current BFSD instructor Jen Flatland, of Hampshire, will dance the role of

Arabian Queen, accompanied by Brandon Fowler, as the Arabian King.

Abby Lewis, of St. Charles, will portray the Rose Queen, leading the show stopping Waltz of the


Addie Funke, of St. Charles, will play the Rat King, who duels with the Nutcracker Prince.

Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara’s toymaker godfather, will be portrayed by Vincent J. Augustine, of


Other members of the large, local cast include Company soloists in various roles and students

from the Beth Fowler School of Dance in children’s roles.

Choreography is by Beth Fowler, assisted by Brooke Fowler. Original choreography in the grand

pas de deux is by Lev Ivanos.

Reserve tickets can be purchased in advance.

All children’s tickets include a “Meet & Greet” backstage after the show, for a keepsake photo 

with the cast. Guests can come to the front of the stage after the performance to be escorted on stage  behind the main curtain.  

To purchase tickets, visit Tickets also may be purchased

at the door beginning one hour before each performance.

Tickets on Sale now!! BFDC is going LIVE with our annual “Nutcracker Ballet”

BFDC Proudly Presents “The Nutcracker”

The Beth Fowler Dance Company is excited to take the stage Live again this season for our annual presentation of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. The Dance Company Members will be joined onstage by our studio dancers of all ages to bring to the community this time honored family tradition. Tickets are on sale now.

Purchase yours here before they sell out or click here to

be redirected. We look forward to dancing for you this Holiday Season!!

Coming this July… The Wizard of Oz

Watch our Movie Trailer

Coming this July- The Nutcracker Movie

Wizard of Oz Movie & More” Hits the Big Screen! Plus “Christmas in July” Celebration Brings “The Nutcracker Movie” Back to the Big Screen!

“Wizard of Oz Movie & More” Tickets Available Here!

“Wizard of Oz Movie” Opportunity at Beth Fowler Dance!

New Dance Session Starts March 1st!

Monday, March 1st a new Dance Session of Classes starts at the Beth Fowler School of Dance (BFSD) at both its Genoa and St. Charles Locations.  Classes starting March 1st are open to new students from the ages of 3 and up.  All styles of dance are offered as well as an opportunity to be in a Movie!  Beth Fowler will be working with Movie Producer, Dan Kapper for the 2nd time as plans are set to film “The Wizard of Oz Movie & More!”  New classes start March 1st which will give the dancers 3 months to prepare before filming June 1st through June 6th.  “The Wizard of Oz Movie & More” will have several movie showings on the Egyptian Movie Theatre’s big screen throughout the month of July 2021.  Students are also welcomed to just attend dance classes in-person and/or online.  Movie participation is optional.

Fowler and Kapper collaborated last Fall to convert Fowler’s 27th annual Production of The Nutcracker into “The Nutcracker Movie” which was filmed in early November of 2020.  After movie editing completion, it hit the Egyptian Movie Theatre’s big screen last month.  Dancers received Movie Star treatment with Red Carpet Interviews for all ages (3 and up).  The Beth Fowler Dance Company arrived at their 1st Movie Premiere in a stretch limousine after a joy ride through town, and before stepping onto the Red Carpet at the Theatre to be interviewed.  All Red-Carpet Appearances in the front lobby were lived streamed on the big movie screen that audience members could enjoy from their seats.

It was filmed and shown safely under the Health Department guidelines as The Egyptian Theatre and Beth Fowler worked closely with the Health Department throughout the entire process.  This included filming in small groups over an 8-day period among other safety regulations.  Movie Showings were at less than an 8% capacity rate with staggered entrance and exit schedules in and out of the Theatre.  The Egyptian Movie Theatre and Beth Fowler continue to exceed Health Department guidelines which led this exciting and unique experience to a Zero Covid-19 Case Rate.  After succeeding with a safe and enjoyable Nutcracker Movie, it was decided that BFSD would make a “Wizard of Oz Movie!”

On March 12th, 2020, the Beth Fowler School of Dance had just finished their final dress rehearsal of “The Wizard of Oz” and their flying lessons with Vertigo, a hired rigging company to provide flying effects for the production.  The show was ready for a live audience but just hours before opening night, the show had to be canceled as the start of the COVID-19 pandemic began.  This was devastating for the entire cast as this production was postponed much longer than ever anticipated.  Fowler vowed to come up with a plan, no matter what it took, to guarantee that these dancers would never have the rug pulled out from underneath them ever again.  Hiring a Movie Producer was the answer to see that these young dancers and artists would safely have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would turn a challenge into a blessing.  We know that this pandemic has been difficult on our young people and we are hoping to bring excitement to as many children as possible as we light their fires again.  We are inviting children ages 3 and over to be apart of this exciting opportunity as we present, “The Wizard of Oz Movie” Take 2!

For more information and registration for the March 1st, 2021 new dance session.  Visit the “Contact Us” page at their website  Or call the Genoa Office (815) 784-5658, or the St. Charles Office at (630) 945-3344.

For Tickets to see the “Wizard of Oz Movie & More” or “The Nutcracker Movie” which is also being brought back for our “Christmas in July Celebration.” Visit


Click on any image below to start the slideshow.


Fall Registration NOW OPEN!!

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 Season!

We are adding classes to assure small safe classes for everyone.


Both Masked classes and un masked classes in personal 10 ft apart socially distanced dance squares are being offered.

In addition to personal dance squares we have implemented many safety procedures which include hand sanitizer throughout the studios, enhanced cleaning throughout temperatures taken at entrance & per student individual acro mats have just been purchased to assure we can offer the safest environment possible to our dancers.


 Zoom classes are available for all levels as well.


Due to the strict limited capacity spaces are very limited enroll by August 15th to assure your dancers spot.


 Enrollment starts today Monday August 10th!!!!

We have limited spots available for each class, so don’t wait too long to reserve a spot for your child.

Every year we publish a sheet with the complete dance programs outlined for each level.  This lists all classes available for the students at each level.  Please be sure to check the Program Listing to assure your dancer is taking advantage of all the classes offered to them in their program level.  This is also a great reference for students moving up to a new level as new classes are available as the dancers progress.

Registration Note:  We have some classes that are combined levels when you are looking for them on the computer be sure to look under the combined class tabs.  (ex:  students in the Adv I,II or III level take a ballet class on Tuesday which includes students in the Int III level this class is listed under the link of Intermediate/Intermediate and Adv Combo classes.)


Click here to view our class listings and availability.



Join Our Online Classes thru Zoom!

Beth Fowler School of Dance Families have been in quarantine but their  camaraderie remains strong as they come together, even while apart, in a special “Pass the Mic” song and dance video to “We Are Family!”
We had tons of fun putting this video together and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Join our online classes through Zoom, and receive free bonus Master Classes for kids and adults!

To register: Contact us at
or call the Genoa office at (815)784-5658,
or our St. Charles office at (630) 945-3344!

The 2020 Competition Team!

Come Join Us!
2019-2020 Competition Team Photo
(L-R) Sitting: Gabriella Catozza, Brooke Hall, Olivia Goldie, Sydney Goldie, Grace Funke, Catherine Navarrete, Emelia Bellino, Cora Mascheri, Samantha Jahnke, Veronica Young, Maylin Wang, Reegan DeBarba, Evelyn Marello, Delaney Maloney, Elianna Oleksyn (Kneeling) Abbie Andrews, Ellen Schillinger, Brianna Rust, Alexis Green, Mekdes Lenth, Iris Windsor, Addie Gatza, Tyler Benton, Elizabeth McCollough, Mikenna Gill, Kaitlyn Doyle, Harper Lundeen, Violet Baird, Madelyn Gieseke, Addison Funke (1st Standing) Emily Belzey, Lydia Jacobson, Clara Owen, Michelle Wang, Isabella Marello (holding B) Kamryn King, Brady McCue, Brooke Bend, Olivia Rymarczyk, Emily Fox, Brooke Baurer, Hannah Fugiel, Mia Herman (2nd Standing) Sonali Jain, Brooke Bennett, Madeline Lemp, Olivia Brown, Alexa Johnson, Tallory Wendell, Jacob Bliujus, Samantha Koldenhoven, Mackenzie Goldie, Abigail Lewis, Barbara Johnson, Malena Thryselius ( Not Pictured: Becky Baert, Clara Coran, Anne Fritsch)

The 2020 Beth Fowler Dance Company

2019-2020 BFSD Company Photo
(L-R, On Floor) Abbie Andrews, Hannah Fugiel, Clara Owen (Seated) Addison Funke, Olivia Rymarczyk, Noelle Sharp, Lorraine Robinson, Kamryn King, Olivia Brown, Brooke Bend, Brady McCue, Maggie Shepley, Brooke Baurer, Lydia Jacobson, Emily Fox, Isabella Marello, Michelle Wang, Ella Drage (Standing) Emily Belzey, Madeline Lemp, Sonali Jain, Mia Herman, Malena Thryselius, Alexa Johnson, Tallory Wendell, Kaitlyn Rollo, Jacob Bliujus, Tiffany McKinley, Becky Baert, Mackenzie Goldie, Clara Coran, Gabriella Norman, Brooke Bennett, Samantha Koldenhoven, Abigail Lewis  (Not Pictured Anne Fritsch)