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Beth Fowler Group Brings Home More Awards from National Competition – Auditions Coming Soon!

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.

Performing Group 2018-2019 Season Auditions August 4th, 5th and 11th

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
St. Charles

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.

 

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!

Beth Fowler Company Members As Live Window Models in Sycamore!!

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.  The Company will also perform The Nutcracker at St Charles North High School in December.    Don’t miss out on these fun family evenings and the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker Ballet.

Beth Fowler School of Dance Celebrates 35 Amazing Years of Business

hug450The staff at Beth Fowler School of Dance is excited to be celebrating 35 years of bringing Dance into the hearts of students and their families in 2017.  There will be many exciting events happening throughout the year in celebration so check back often to not miss out.

If 35 years of business is not exciting enough this year also marks the 24th 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 1-3 and at the St Charles North High School on the 9th and 10th.    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.

 

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