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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.

Beth Fowler Dancers Take 1st Place at Dance Competition

dancecompetition5-14The 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.”


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.


Dance Programs

kids250The 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!

About Beth Fowler

Beth FowlerIn 1983 Beth established the Beth Fowler School of Dance at the age of 15. Beth has danced professionally as a principle dancer with area dance companies and studied with the Milwaukee Ballet. In 1994 Beth established the Beth Fowler Dance Company which is a pre-professional group of dancers. She has developed dancers that were accepted with the Joffrey Ballet of New York City, Milwaukee Ballet,  Chicago Bulls Luvabulls, to name a few, plus many that received college scholarships for dance. She has a great love for children which shows in her teaching. Students are eager to learn in programs that are both enjoyable and self-rewarding.

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