The Competitive Dance Group at the Beth Fowler School of Dance, with locations in St. Charles and Genoa, recently capped off its 2018 season in style, bringing home a number of awards from the Legacy National Dance Competition in the Wisconsin Dells in June.
The BFSD competitive group received five First Place wins, in addition to scoring the “Best Overall Choreography Award,” out of nearly 1,500 dance routines which competed throughout the week-long competition.
Judges awarded BFSD Choreographer and Instructor Brooke Fowler the Best Overall Choreography Award for the lyrical dance routine, “Try,” which was performed by BFSD’s Juniors dancers, ages 11-12. Brooke Fowler knew it would require a strong group of dancers to fully execute the powerful message and different dynamics of the song, and, under her direction, the dancers did not disappoint.
This group of dancers also were selected to perform “Try” once more on the Legacy National Competition’s final day, during Legacy’s “Best of the Best: Showdown of the Legends” segment, and “Try” again took First Place overall. The Juniors group also was invited to compete their jazz dance “Word Up” in the Legacy “Showdown of the Legends,” and captured Second Place Overall, as well. “Word Up” was also choreographed by Brooke Fowler.
Only 22 years old, Brooke Fowler has now received the “Best Choreography Award” six times in the past five years. She has choreographed a total of 16 group competitive dances for all ages, with 11 of those 16 dances securing First Place Overall awards. The remaining five group competitive dances received Second Place Overall awards, often finishing second only to another of her dance routines entered in the same category.
The BFSD Teen Competitive Group, including dancers ages 13-15, also took First Place Overall at the 2018 Legacy Nationals with their dance routine, “Stitches,” also choreographed by Brooke Fowler. The routine beat out almost 70 competing dance routines for the honor. Dancer Hannah Fugiel, of Elgin, of the BFSD Teen Group also took First Place for Soloists, besting almost 80 other soloists, and dancers Brooke Baurer, of Geneva; Mia Herman, of St. Charles; and Fugiel, also were awarded First Place for Duets and Trios, out of 50 duet and trio performances. Both routines performed by those dancers were choreographed by Brooke Fowler.
The secret to the success of the BFSD program is not only great choreographers, but also the ballet and technical training the school offers with a consistent staff that works with the dancers from their earliest years to the professional and competitive levels, said BFSD Artistic Director Beth Fowler.
“All our dancers have the opportunity to receive this training, even if they don’t wish to compete,” Beth Fowler said. “All our dancers have technique classes and opportunities to perform in our three annual Theatre Dance Productions.”
BFSD’s excellent reputation has earned them an invitation to train the St Charles East High School Dance Team with Technique classes. The BFSD staff is excited to start working with them this fall!
This summer, BFSD offers dancers extra instruction and skill development assistance through the school’s one- and two-week Summer Programs, which include special Master Classes. Auditions for the school’s Beth Fowler Dance Company and the competitive dance teams are also held during the summer.
Auditions for the competitive teams are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4., and Sunday, Aug. 5, with make- up auditions scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11. Summer camps are strongly recommended, especially if wishing to audition for either or both of the groups.
For more information, visit www.BethFowlerSchoolofDance.com, or call the St. Charles location at 630-945-3344 or the Genoa location at 815-784-5658.
CAPTION FOR PHOTO: The Beth Fowler School of Dance recently completed its 2018 Competitive Dance
season by capturing numerous awards, including multiple first and second place finishes at the 2018 Legacy National Dance Competition in June at the Wisconsin Dells. BFSD dancers pictured above for “Try” which won 1 st place at Regionals, Nationals, and at the Nationals Final Showdown as well “Best Overall Choreography Award,” out of nearly 1,500 dance routines which competed throughout the week-long competition.
left to right: Brooke Hall, Maylin Wang, Ellie Books, Abbie Andrews, Brooke Baurer, Katelyn Ventura , Hannah Fugiel, , Emily Belzey, Olivia Brown, Reegan Debarba, Mia Herman, Michelle Wang, Cora Mascheri.
Calling all Dancers: Come join our award-winning competition performing group! Auditions are coming, Aug. 4-5 (with make-up auditions a week later on Aug. 11.) Auditions are open to all dancers in the Intermediate level and up, ages 9-18.
Even if competition isn’t in your plans this year, all dancers are encouraged to attend these auditions, to help build confidence and skills for future auditions, both at BFSD and in your dancing career to come!
Here’s the audition schedule:
Sat. Aug. 4 – St. Charles
10-10:30 am – Warm-up (Brooke)
10:30 am -12 pm – Learn Audition Material-
Juniors Jazz & Lyrical (Brooke)
Teens/Seniors Hip Hop (Robert & Miguel)
Hip Hop Audition in one day.
12-12:30 pm Lunch Break
12:30-2 pm – Learn Audition Material
Juniors – Hip Hop (Robert & Miguel) Audition in one day.
Teens/Seniors- Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary (Haly)
Sun. Aug. 5 – Genoa
30 minute audition slots to be given to each dancer for their Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Skills Evaluations.
Make-Up Auditions – Sat. August 11 10am
A $20 fee will be charged to help cover the cost of the instructors for auditions weekend. All dancers must preregister for this events. Click Here to register.
Registration is now open for the Fall 2018-2019 Season!
Early Bird Enrollment starts today Sunday July 22nd and continues until Saturday August 4th.
We have limited spots available for each class, so don’t wait too long to reserve a spot for your child.
Save money on your registration fee by enrolling before August 4th only 25.00 individual and 50.00 family
registration fee will be charged if enrollment WITH payment are made by August 5th. (if you wish to use the card on file to pay you must process the payment through your portal OR email me directly and let me know to process your payment for you).
The regular registration fees of 35.00 per student and 70.00 per family will be charged beginning August 6th.
Any account with an enrolled student before August 5th will need to make the first payment (or installment if
paying every 4 weeks) by August 5th to receive the discounted rate.
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.)
The productions this year include the 25th anniversary of “The Nutcracker Ballet” performance for this production will be held in both DeKalb and St Charles in December.
Then in March we are excited to perform “Cinderella”
The season will finish up with the production of “Dancin thru the Decades” a trip down memory lane brings you back in time from the Rockin 50’s to the current dance moves of 2019 this show is one you wont want to miss. Held June 2019 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.
Everyone should review the new Production Package and information here as things have changed for this season.
Click here to view our class listings and availability.
Enjoy what remains of Summer if you are not already enrolled we still have room in the last few weeks of our
Summer Workshops to brush up on those skills.
Contact us if you are interested in auditioning for our Ballet Company or if you are interested in learning more about our Ballet Company and all it has to offer including the 3 annual dance productions with provided costumes!
Our own Brad Fowler recently proposed to his high school sweetheart at Adler Planetarium with a Flash Mob brought from Beth Fowler School of Dance! The event was written up in dnainfo.com’s The Block Club – a blog about Suburban Neighborhoods. Watch the video below and Click here to read full story now!
The Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group of Genoa and St. Charles recently competed in the Legacy National Dance Competition and are proud to announce winning the National Championship! The event was held from June 20th thru June 24th, 2016 in the Wisconsin Dells and was a National Competition with over 762 routines.
Beth Fowler’s dancers competed in three different age groups and took 1 st Place in all of them.
Juniors- 1 st Place with “Wind It Up” (Large Group) Choreographed by Brooke Fowler
Teens- 1 st Place with “Heroes” (Small Group) Choreographed by Brooke Fowler
Seniors- 1 st Place with “Come Home” (Trio) Choreographed by Hannah Bohn
At the end of the week, all three Beth Fowler School of Dance (BFSD) age groups were asked to compete in the National Showdown which is the “Best of the Best Final Competition.” The Juniors (ages 11-12) took 1 st Place in the Showdown with Jazz Dance “Wind It Up” choreographed by Brooke Fowler. This made “Wind It Up” undefeatable all season! This is the 2 nd year in a row for the BFSD Junior Team to be undefeated all season long! The Teens (ages 13-15) also took 1 st Place in the Showdown with Lyrical dance “Heroes” choreographed by Brooke Fowler.
All BFSD Group Dances that competed received the highest Platinum Awards!
Open Audition Dates for Next Season are Set!
The Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group of Genoa and St. Charles recently competed in the Legacy National Dance Competition which completed their 2015 season. The event was held from June 22nd thru June 26th in the Wisconsin Dells and was a National Competition with over 854 routines.
We Came ! We Danced ! We had a BLAST and We ROCKED!!!!!!