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Beth Fowler dancers take first place at competition

The Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group recently competed in its third regional dance contest of the season. Last weekend they took part in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Freeport, which was a sold-out event with 524 teams.

Beth Fowler’s intermediate group (ages 10 to 12) and advanced group (ages 13 to 15) both took first place overall in their age divisions. Every dance the groups have performed this season have scored at a “Platinum” level, including 12 “Double Platinums.”

The intermediate group performed “Slow Me Down” and “Girl’s Night,” both choreographed by Brooke Fowler. This season, “Girl’s Night” took second place overall and “Slow Me Down” has taken first place overall at every competition entered this year. It also has received “Best Choreography of the Weekend” at both the Rainbow National Dance Competition and Legacy National Dance Competition, and “Most Entertaining Dance of the Weekend” at the Odyssey National Dance Competition. Fowler also choreographed a duet, “The Perfect Two,” which took first place overall at the last two competitions, and third place overall at the first competition of the year. Dancer Sophia Gapuz received the “Best Entertainer of the Weekend” award.

The intermediate group dancers are Becky Baert, Brooke Born, Olivia Burns, Sophia Gapuz, Cameron Holst, Shannon Jackman, Kylie Ryder, Alyssa Vicory and Kaitlyn Woods.

The advanced group performed “One Night is All We Got,” choreographed by Hannah Smith, which took third place overall, and “In the Closet,” choreographed by Joey Hernandez, which took first place overall. Smith also choreographed a trio, “Toxic,” which took second place overall.

The advanced group dancers are Taylor Donzelli, Lindsey Haugen, Anna Nolazco, Alyssa Retuerto, Carly Ruggeri and Hannah Whitten.

All solos competed this season by the Beth Fowler School of Dance Performing Group placed in the top five. Carly Ruggeri received a scholarship to attend KAR’s Dance Convention classes for free in Chicago.

The Beth Fowler School of Dance started competing in 2013 when they also took first place overall. All Beth Fowler competitive dancers train in the school’s class program, and have only competed with the Beth Fowler School of Dance. The dance school’s program focuses on training dancers for excellent technique as well as performance artistry.

The Beth Fowler School of Dance presents three dance productions a year at the Egyptian Theatre and has an additional Performing Group for community events and competitions as a bonus performing opportunity. All students have the opportunity to learn the skills needed for the competitive style of dance even if they don’t want to compete.

The Beth Fowler School of Dance is taking registrations for one- and two-week summer dance camps. For more information, visit www.BethFowlerSchoolOfDance.com or call the Genoa location at 815-784-5658 or the St. Charles location at 630-945-3344.

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