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Northeast School of Dance
Several dancers from a routine called “Circus Dreamland.”

Verbatim: Fort Wayne dancers in national finals

Statement issued by Northeast School of Dance:

The Northeast School of Dance, located in Georgetown Square Shopping Center, will be sending 32 groups of dancers and their teachers to compete in the NexStar National Talent Competition National Finals, July 5–11 in Sandusky, Ohio, at the Kalahari Resort. The dancers will be competing for 27 possible National Championships for the school in respective categories and age groups.

The dancers will compete in different styles of dance — tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and ballet — as well as compete in different categories, ranging from solos to productions. All of the 32 routines advanced to the National Finals after qualifying at a regional event during the spring months in Detroit, Mich. Students range in age from 8 to 18.

This season’s NexStar National Finals will be its largest attended in the history of the competition.

In 2009, the dance studio celebrated its 40th Anniversary in the community, and Mayor Thomas C. Henry proclaimed June 14, 2009, as Beth Schiebel Day in honor of her commitment to young students’ lives in the community. This National Finals will be Beth’s last event as director and owner of Northeast School of Dance, although she will stay at the school as an instructor. Schiebel sold the business to long-time teacher and friend, Ann Slen, effective August 1, 2010.

Northeast School of Dance opened in August 1969 at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church. It began as a children’s movement choir. Beth Schiebel began the studio with five students, and she was the only instructor teaching tap, ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. The studio remained at that location for three years, teaching only on Saturdays. Northeast then moved to a location on Coliseum Blvd., in the Stoller building, to the first Northeast School of Dance. It remained there for another three years before moving to the present location in Georgetown Square Shopping Center. Since 1969, more than 200 dancers have graduated from the studio after beginning their dance career as a toddler — and several students have gone on to seek professional careers in dance and/or theater. Since 1991, the studio has compiled more than 20 national championship dance routines, along with other regional and national dance honors, such as being chosen to perform at Walt Disney World and going on tour in New York City with Educational Performance Tours.

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