Beth Fowler School of Dance
MEET THE FACULTY
Mrs. Beth Fowler (B.F.) – Artistic Director, Creative Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical
Mrs. Fowler established the Beth Fowler School of Dance in 1983 at the age of 15. She has a great love for children, which shows in her teaching. Students are eager to learn, as the programs are both enjoyable and self-rewarding. She established the Beth Fowler Dance Company (a professional group of dancers) in 1994. Beth Fowler danced professionally as a principle dancer with the Rockford Dance Company, Judith Svalander Dance Theatre and the Milwaukee Ballet. She has developed dancers that were accepted with the Joffrey Ballet of New York City, Milwaukee Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Chicago Bulls Luvabulls and many that received college scholarships for dance.
Nashley Mattocks (N.M.) Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Lyrical
Nashley Mattocks grew up in North Carolina and got her early training at Cary Ballet Conservatory. Ms. Mattocks graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a BFA in dance performance the spring of 2014. During her college career, she had the opportunity to work with Galina Panova, John Dixon, Teal Darkenwald, Robert Moses, John Magnus, Lauren Edson, Lizzie Mackenzie, Summer Rhatigan, and Alessio Silvestrin. Nashley has spent summers training with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, LINES Contemporary Ballet, and Inaside Jazz Dance Chicago. Once relocating to the Chicago area in 2014, Nashley has worked with Melissa Thodos as a company trainee, studied on Scholarship at Visceral Dance Center under Nick Pupillo, performed with Thodos in the New Dances, 25th anniversary showcase and other performance workshops and opportunities. Currently Nashley is a company dancer with CDI under direction of Venetia Stifler and is excited about becoming part of Beth Fowler’s faculty this fall.
Vicky Books (V.B.)-Acrobatics Instructor
Vicky Books has been teaching Acrobatics for Beth Fowler School of Dance since 2014. Previously, Vicky worked for 18 years for the Batavia Flippers in Batavia, IL teaching children age 12-months to 18-years-old recreational and competitive tumbling and gymnastics. She also coached Batavia High School’s Gymnastics Team from 1996-1999. Vicky has worked at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA in Sycamore, IL as a Group Fitness Instructor since 2006 and also taught Parent-Tot and Pre-School Tumbling at the YMCA for six years. She is certified as a youth coach through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). Vicky has undergraduate degrees in both Exercise Science and in Recreation Program Administration from Illinois State University and has a MS. Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Northern Illinois University. Since 2001 she has been employed full-time as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education at Northern Illinois University.
Jennifer Grund (J.G.) Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary Pointe, Lyrical
Jennifer Grund received her training in California and attended California State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts. She then moved onto the Dayton Ballet Company in Ohio, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, Budapest Ballet and Marin Ballet. Mrs. Grund danced professionally for 15 years and was a principal dancer with Dayton Ballet. She danced in over 50 ballet favorites such as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan,” and Snow Queen & Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker.” Mrs. Grund has over 27 years of teaching experience and is known as a caring, nurturing technical teacher. She has taught for the Dayton Ballet School, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Hinsdale Dance Academy and now is looking forward to joining the Beth Fowler School of Dance faculty.
Hannah Bohn (H.B.)-Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern
Hannah Bohn started dancing at age 3 in 1994. She danced as company member at Judith Svalander Dance Theatre for two years and at Beth Fowler School of Dance since 2006. In the summers of 2007 & 2008, she was accepted into and danced at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Austin, Texas, where she was featured as a soloist in the final performance. She also auditioned for and made the Joffrey Ballet New York Intensive. Some of her favorite roles with the Beth Fowler Dance Company were Cinderella in the ballet “Cinderella,” The Sugar Plum Fairy in the “Nutcracker Ballet,” and Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz.” Her most recent accomplishment was serving as Miss Illinois 2011. At the Miss Illinois pageant, she won best overall talent, and the preliminary lifestyle and fitness award. In the 2012 Miss America pageant she finished in the Top Ten and was able to perform her talent of ballet en pointe live on ABC. She is now on the Miss Illinois state committee as a choreographer for the Miss Illinois pageant. She is also the Genoa Kingston High School Dance Team coach. Hannah loves teaching, and particularly choreographing. She hopes to inspire her students, as they inspire her on a regular basis!
Brooke Fowler (Br.F.) Director of Competitive Program, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Turns & Tricks, Acrobatics
Miss Brooke has been dancing with Beth Fowler since age 3. She has been a member of the Beth Fowler Dance Company since 2009 and has performed in many featured roles including Clara in “The Nutcracker,” Jasmine in “A Storybook Ballet,” the Winter Fairy in “Cinderella,” and the Diamond Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty.” Miss Brooke also competed with Midwest Movement under the direction of Ted Jackson. As a teacher, she has been praised for her ability to connect with her students as she pushes them to achieve tasks above their age level. Miss Brooke’s choreography has won many awards and has been complimented for the way it brings out the best in her students and for its high entertainment value. Miss Brooke is the director of Beth Fowler’s Competitive Program. Miss Brooke’s students have won 1 st place over all every year since they started competing in 2013. The last two years her students have been undefeated for two straight seasons as well as the National Champions the past two years in a row.
Samantha Barnewolt (S.B.) Ballet, Pointe
Graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance Education with a Minor in Mathematics. Has a Professional Educators license with endorsements in dance and mathematics. Previously she has danced as a company member for Dance Theater at Illinois State University. Traveled to Brazil to study dance over a summer study abroad program. Prior to her undergraduate she studied with Beth Fowler’s School of Dance where she performed as Sandy in the Beth Fowler Dance Company’s production of “Grease”. Currently she teaches for Beth Fowler’s School of Dance. She is also employed by Huntley High School as their Dance Instructor and Head Supervisor of their Orchesis after school dance program. Samantha is excited to come back to her roots where her love for dance began to join the BFSD staff.
Samantha Newman (S.N.) – Tap
Samantha grew up in a south suburb of Chicago and began dance training at age 3. As a teenager she began to focus specifically on tap, and since then it’s been her specialty and passion.
Samantha has a bachelors degree in Theater Arts Studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Her emphasis was on play writing and costume and makeup design, and she studied dance (tap, modern, folk, and jazz) actively throughout her education. Samantha was also on the folk dance team, was tap club president, and participated in BYU sponsored performances throughout Utah. She started her teaching career in 2005 as a teacher’s assistant for beginning through advanced tap classes at BYU and moved up to teaching those courses as well as classes at local studios.
Since moving back to the Chicago area in 2007, Samantha has taught tap dance at studios to all levels and to all ages (18 month olds to 93 year olds!) as well as jazz, creative dance, and ballet basics to children. Teaching tap is her specialty, favorite, and primary focus. She brings to her classes a deep knowledge and love for the art form of tap dance and combines that with her background in theater and other disciplines of dance.
She continues her tap education through hours of self-study as well as bi-annual workshops at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project under well-known faculty from around the world. On her own time, Samantha enjoys running, fitness, yoga, film, art, music, and reading. She lives in St. Charles with her husband and their two children.
Ted Jackson (T.J.) Jazz, Lyrical and Turns & Tricks
Ted Jackson is committed to the education of dance. Ted is in demand as a master teacher and choreographer throughout the dance circuit. He has taught and choreographed for dance studios, high schools, and universities across the country. Ted’s vision is to build and produce future performers, entertainers, and educators. He has trained dancers working with Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Cher. Ted is also the Artistic Director of Midwest Movement Dance Company. Midwest Movement has won many accolades regionally and nationally for his choreography and their performance.
Joey Hernandez (J.H.)- Jazz, Lyrical, Tap
Joey Hernandez is a member of the National Dance Association and artistic director of Resilience Dance Company (Rockford, IL). He began his training at Marx Dance Academy (Beloit, WI) in various styles of dance. He graduated from Beloit College with a B.A. in Dance and Health & Society. While attending Beloit he performed and presented his choreography in many workshops and shows. Joey is the only student to receive the annual Chavy Family endowed award for performance excellence twice (2009, 2011). In 2011 he appeared in the role of “Tony” in the spring dance production of West Side Story (DeKalb, IL) with Beth Fowler Dance Company He is currently a member of Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company under direction of Sara Rohs. On scholarship Joey has studied with Inside Chicago Dance, Urban Jamm Dance Convention, and Dupree Dance Tour. This is all preceded by many other awards from regional and national dance competitions including an appearance in Dancer Magazine in 2005 for,” the Future Star Award.” Joey has been sharing his love of dance with local youth from the Northern IL, and Southern WI, communities for the past four years as a dance instructor and choreographer. He has set pieces for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Beloit College’s student run dance company Repertory Dance. As well as contributed guest master classes and choreography for many dance studios and high school dance teams across Wisconsin and Illinois.
Shana Flatland – (S.F.) – TAP
Shana started dancing as a child with Lisa Bohem. She continued dancing as an adult with Beth Fowler and has been a teacher assistant in dance classes for Beth Fowler since 1998. She has been praised for her ability to win the hearts of children while keeping control and structure in her class. Shana has been teaching for the Beth Fowler School of Dance for the past 13 years.