The Competitive Dance Group at the Beth Fowler School of Dance, of Genoa and St. Charles, recently capped off its 2018 season in style, bringing home a number of awards in June from the Legacy National Dance Competition in the Wisconsin Dells.
The Beth Fowler competitive group had five first-place wins, in addition to scoring the “Best Overall Choreography Award,” out of nearly 1,500 dance routines performed during the week-long competition.
Judges awarded Beth Fowler Choreographer and Instructor Brooke Fowler the Best Overall Choreography Award for the lyrical dance routine, “Try,” which was performed by juniors dancers, ages 11 to 12.
This group of dancers also was selected to perform “Try” once more on the final day of the competition, 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 perform its jazz dance, “Word Up,” in the Showdown of the Legends, and captured second place overall, as well. “Word Up” also was choreographed by Brooke Fowler.
Fowler, 22, 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 to 15, also took first overall at the 2018 Legacy Nationals with the routine, “Stitches,” also choreographed by Fowler. The group beat out almost 70 routines for the honor.
Hannah Fugiel of Elgin, a dancer in the Beth Fowler Teen Group, took first place for soloists and Brooke Baurer of Geneva, Mia Herman of St. Charles and Fugiel were awarded first place for duets and trios. Both routines were choreographed by Fowler.
The school’s reputation has earned them an invitation to train the St. Charles East High School Dance Team with technique classes. The Beth Fowler staff will start working with them in the fall.
For information, visit www.BethFowlerSchoolofDance.com, or call the St. Charles location at 630-945-3344 or the Genoa location at 815-784-5658.