April 26, 2018
The ADCC will present its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of the late William E. Fowler, Jr., of Fort Lauderdale and Medford, MA, who sadly passed away last September.
The award will be presented to Mr. Fowler’s husband, Robert Planutis, during the Industry Excellence Awards Gala at the ADCC Annual Meeting, September 25-28 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.
William Fowler (known to many as “Uncle Bill”) was owner and artistic director of Fowler Dance Studios, as well as a pioneer in the dance community, a dancer, choreographer, internationally recognized adjudicator and author, and an advocate for dancers worldwide.
In his youth, Bill Fowler and his brother Danny performed as the “Fowler Brothers” in nightclubs and theaters throughout New England. He founded the Fowler Dance Studios in his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts and taught there for 42 years. Many of his students went on to become professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers.
Bill was also an adjudicator for numerous organizations in North America, including American Dance Awards, Dance Educators of America, and (ADCC Platinum Member) Headliners Dance Competition, and was the creator of many Special Judge’s Awards presented today.
Bill Fowler held many important positions in the U.S. competitive dance world, including Performing Arts Director of the National Dance Council of America, President of the United States Dance Sport Competition Federation, and President of the North American Dance Championships.
Internationally, Bill was instrumental in completely reshaping the International Dance Organization (IDO), the foremost organization in world dance competition. Since 1998 he served as IDO’s Senior Vice President, President, and was most recently Honorary Lifetime President, in addition to other positions with the organization. He judged and/or chaired for almost every competitive dance organization in many countries across the globe—Germany, Russia, China, Colombia, Canada, and South Africa, to name only a few.
As an author, Bill was a contributor to Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher Now, and Dance Teacher Trends, and he published the only known book on competitive dance judging, The Judge’s Handbook: An Inside Look at Judging Performing Arts Competitions.
In choosing William Fowler as this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree, The ADCC Board recognizes an individual whose passion and dedication to the dance community served an inspiration to thousands of dancers for many years, and will continue to inspire for generations to come.