Dancers recreate scenes from 1982 hit ‘Fame’

DeKALB – The Beth Fowler School of Dance of Genoa and St. Charles will perform “Fame and More” at 7 p.m. June 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. June 8 and 9 at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

Tickets are $17 to $27 and can be purchased at, 815-758-1225 or at the box office one hour before each performance

“Fame” tells the story of teenage dancers, musicians and actors attending the New York School of Performing Arts as they follow their dreams and strive for stardom and fame.

Artistic director Beth Fowler and staff have recreated scenes from the 1982 movie. One highlight is the Hot Lunch Jam choreographed by Samantha Gaul. The lunch room breaks into chaos as musicians grab silverware to use as drumsticks and dancers jump on tables and perform. Later, dancers take over a New York street, dancing to pulsating rhythms on cars and taxicabs and exhibiting the phenomenon of breakdancing.

The “and More” part of the production will feature a variety of high-energy jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap and creative pieces.

Included will be award-winning competition pieces performed by Beth Fowler dancers and “Cirque du Soliel” performed by the Beth Fowler Dance Company. This piece was choreographed by company dancer and faculty member Hannah Smith, Miss Illinois 2011. The dance company has been invited to perform the piece at this year’s Miss Illinois pageant.

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