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Don’t Miss ‘A Storybook Ballet’ This Weekend!

It’s a story centuries in the making, a tale as old as time, an enchanted journey through the dreams of a young girl. Or is it more than a dream?

Come see Storybook Ballet at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday, March 16 at 7pmSaturday, March 17 at 2pm and 7pm, or Sunday, March 18 at 2pm. Purchase tickets by visiting or by calling the Egyptian Theatre Box Office at (815) 758-1225.  Every child’s ticket includes a “Photo Meet & Greet” backstage after the show with the Princesses and all the cast!

In the Storybook Ballet, the company and students of the Beth Fowler School of Dance take theatre-goers through the pages of the tales that have defined the imaginations of children for generations, using the power and energy of dance to spring to life the magic-filled bedtime stories, and transport viewers to the Enchanted Forest, the musical realm under the sea, the desert sands of mystical Arabia, and the wonder-filled, cursed castle of The Beast.

Beth Fowler first staged the original production in 2013, answering the call for a family-friendly, yet exquisitely beautiful ballet to complement the BFSD’s other repertoire of classical productions.

The story begins with Marie, played by Alyssa Vicary, of Genoa, a young girl like so many others, who, before heading off to bed, begs her mother to read her favorite stories. Yet, just as she is about to drift off to sleep, four fairies flitter into her room, and through the power of magic, bring the characters through doors hidden in her storybook into her room, playing out their stories before Marie’s wondering eyes. “It’s the princesses we all know and love, coming to life out of a storybook,” said Vicary. “It’s every little girl’s dream, and Marie gets to live it.”

First through the storybook door is Snow White, portrayed by Jennifer Flatland, of Hampshire, who will take Marie through the familiar tale of terror and travail against the Evil Queen, played by Lydia Carpenter, of Sycamore, until she is restored by a kiss from the Prince, danced by Larry Pool, of Rockford.

Next through the Storybook, Marie witnesses the tale of the Little Mermaid, Princess Ariel, played by Becky Baert, of Genoa, who together with Prince Eric, played by Wade Tischhauser, of Chicago, King Triton, played by Phil Masterton, of Rockford, and her undersea friends battle for Ariel’s voice, and their very lives, against the wicked sea witch, Ursula, portrayed by Lindsey Haugen, of St. Charles.

Following intermission, the characters of the story we know as the tale of Aladdin then waft magically into Marie’s bedroom, as Aladdin, played by Jacob Bliujus, of Sycamore, and Princess Jasmine, portrayed by Taryn Sarto, of Genoa, with their friend, the Genie (Lydia Jacobson, of DeKalb), battle for their future and their city of Agrabah against an evil sorcerer.

Finally, Marie watches, still in amazement, as the enchanted characters of the tale of Beauty and the Beast enter her room. Belle, portrayed by Lindsey Haugen, and The Beast (Larry Pool), join with their enchanted friends, the candelabra Lumiere (Jacob Bliujus); Cogsworth the clock (Abby Lewis, of St. Charles); the feather duster, Babette (Anne Fritsch, of West Chicago); Mrs. Potts, the tea pot (Kaitlynn Rollo, of South Elgin); and little tea cup, Chip (Brooke Baurer, of Geneva), join together to defeat the treachery of Gaston (Wade Tischhauser) and break the curse cast by the Enchantress, portrayed by Becky Baert.

At last, the fairies return Marie’s bedroom and storybook to their ordinary states, and leave Marie to her rest, while leaving onlookers to wonder whether she had merely walked in a dream, or had truly lived every child’s fantasy.

Featuring choreography created by Beth Fowler, with assistance from rehearsal faculty Brooke Fowler, Allix Sester and Lydia Carpenter, and costumes created and coordinated by Madlyn Steffey. The elaborate Scenery Sets are designed and created by NIU’s Sahin Sahinoglu. Storybook Ballet will amaze and captivate patrons of all ages.

The cast and crew of the Beth Fowler School of Dance invite you to join Marie on this spectacular romp through the pages of these timeless tales, and soak in the wonder of The Storybook Ballet.

Beth Fowler Dance Company Presents ‘A Storybook Ballet’

The Beth Fowler Dance Company presents this new and original ballet. Young Marie is too excited to sleep so her mother reads her a bedtime storybook. After her mother tucks her into bed and leaves, little Tinkerbell Fairies fly in as Marie’s bedroom transforms into Snow White’s Forest! Her storybook comes to life as it magically grow 10 feet tall!

The storybook characters emerge from the pages telling the stories of Snow White, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast. The elaborate scenery sets will take the audience on a journey through many enchanted places leaving Marie to wonder if it is all just a dream!

Tickets on Sale Now for all shows! For not-for-profit groups (scouts etc.) of 10+, please contact the box office for discounted group tickets. All others, click the ‘Buy Tickets’ links below to purchase tickets online now!

A Storybook Ballet – 3/16/18 – 7:00pm

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7:00 PM

Egyptian Theatre DeKalb, IL

A Storybook Ballet – 3/17/18 – 2:00pm

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Egyptian Theatre DeKalb, IL

A Storybook Ballet – 3/17/18 – 7:00pm

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Egyptian Theatre DeKalb, IL

A Storybook Ballet – 3/18/18 – 2:00pm

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2:00 PM

Egyptian Theatre DeKalb, IL

Beth Fowler Dance Company Announces “A Storybook Ballet” Cast


Storybook Ballet

Congrats to everyone on a fantastic audition.  This promises to be a show not to miss.    “A Storybook Ballet brings to life 4 classic childhood stories.  Young and Old will enjoy watching as the magic unfolds onstage before your eyes.

Join Us March 16th, 17th and 18th at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.  Tickets will be available for purchase at  and at the Egyptian Theatre box office starting in February.  Every child’s ticket includes a visit backstage to visit with the princesses and take a photo.

2018 Storybook Cast

Princess Parties Return in Dec 2017

Plan to come to our FREE Princess Dance Party!

Genoa location party – Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 1pm-3pm Click Here to Register
St. Charles location party – Monday, December 18th, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Click Here to Register

Join us at the Beth Fowler School of Dance Princess Dance Party where you can meet all your favorite Princesses!

You’ll want to be there when Prince Charming calls the dance studio in search of Cinderella who seems to be missing!  Help us find Cinderella and many other of your favorite Princesses!  Our guests will be amazed when the Princesses finally make their magically appearance and perform to each of their theme songs! After the princesses perform and invite our young guests to join them in a balloon dance, the Princesses will play many fun games with them, open giant prize balls, play dress up in provided princess costumes, go through a large obstacle course, then enjoy provided pizza, fruit, and drinks!  Please register ahead of time on our website so we can make sure to provide enough of everything for our guests!  Come join us for this magical event!  You will be happy you did!

  • Learn Fun Dances & Games with your Favorite Princesses!
  • Dress Up! Our Costume closets are open!
  • Do our Fun Obstacle Course!
  • Free Pizza & Drinks!
  • Bring a friend!
  • Bring your camera!

Sign up today! Call 815-784-5658 or drop us a note on our Contact page!

Click on an image below for a larger view of last year’s party!


YMCA Group Exercise is coming to the Beth Fowler School of Dance in Genoa!

YMCA Group Exercise is coming to the Beth Fowler School of Dance located in downtown Genoa!

Benefits of Genoa Program Site:

  1. Certified group exercise instructors. Our instructors are trained to lead you through the workouts providing you effective, fun and
    easy-to-follow steps.
  2. Affordable monthly rates! We offer convenient and affordable group fitness classes. Give your workout a boost with one of our fun and motivating fitness classes.
  3. Classes for all ages and ability levels. Our class offerings will provide a variety of exercise options and intensities.
  4. Program Membership at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. A Program Membership entitles you to discounted program fees at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. (This excludes DCST and Red Cross Certification Courses)

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See Facebook event pages here:

Genoa Program Site 10am-12pm

Genoa Program Site 5pm-7:00pm

Visit the YMCA’s website now to register!!

Fall Registration NOW OPEN!!

Registration is now open for the Fall 2017-2018 Season!

Early Bird Enrollment starts today Monday July 31st and continues until Saturday August 5th.  

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 5th 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 annual Nutcracker performance held in both DeKalb and St Charles in December.

Then in March we are excited to perform for the second time our original ballet “A Storybook Ballet”  which is a compilation of 4 short Disney Classics come to life.  Watch as a bedtime story book becomes a gigantic larger than life book and all of our favorite characters from Snow White, Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast come right out of the pages to tell us their stories.  Performances at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb.

The season will finish up with the production of “Fame & More” a 1980’s classic which takes place in a performing arts high school.  You will love the upbeat music and classic jazz dance styles in this show. This show also will be held at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb<

Click here to view our class listings and availability.

If you have any further questions please let us know.  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Now Accepting New Dancers!


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!

Time to Order Spirit Wear!

 Our long awaited Beth Fowler School of Dance Spirit Wear Order Form is attached on this email and will be on our website also by late tonight!  Check out our fun new items and designs!
The deadline is quickly approaching this year since GTM is extremely busy!  Just the Ultra Fuse items that you want in time for Christmas must be ordered and paid for by this Friday, November 17th by closing time!  The St. Charles office closes at 8pm and the Genoa location office closes at 9pm.  All other items will be in by Christmas if you get your orders in with payment by Wednesday, November 22nd at closing time (which is the day before Thanksgiving, next week.) Next Wednesday closing in both locations is 9pm.  You can order the Ultra Fuse items next Wednesday Nov. 22nd with the other items if you like, but the Ultra Fuse items won’t be in until the 1st or 2nd week of January.  This is why it is important to order the Ultra Fuse items by this Friday if you want them by Christmas!
     We are excited to announce that we have updated our warm-up suits!  They are a very nice form-fitting design.  Since this new style warm-up does not come in Male sizes, we still have our original warm-up on the flyer for our gentleman dancers!  We thought this year would be a good year to update our warm-up suits since we have many new dancers, and the dancers that are out growing their old ones can re-order the new design.
     Please remember that the items do not include sales tax.  We are using the 6.25% sales tax rate (which is the lower sales tax rate for the Genoa area.)  Please add the 6.25% sales tax to your order.  We also prefer that you pay by check or cash if possible.



Beth Fowler Spirit wear 2017-2018

Enroll NOW for Fall Dance Classes in our Genoa or St. Charles Studio!

properstart400It’s time to get your child signed up for fall classes at the Beth Fowler School of Dance!

The new year brings a new session of dance and performance opportunities! Our season runs like the school year, August – June (with a Summer DANCEcamp). Classes start Monday August 22nd so get your registration in now!

We offer online registration for your convenience:


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