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Under The Big Top

Choreographer Kate Jablonski and Her Elite Youth Company Take You on a Whimsical Circus Adventure

LYONS, IL – Come one, come all and experience Under The Big Top, a fun-filled circus adventure. Presented by world renown choreographer, Kate Jablonski and her elite youth company, Beyond Words, Under The Big Top is the culmination of another successful season of intense training, performing, and competing. The audience is sure to be thrilled by Act I with big-top themed performances featuring silks, stilts, and more. Act II highlights the company’s award-winning 2014-2015 competition repertoire in contemporary, jazz, musical theater and hip hop.

Performances are held at Foundations Performance Center in Lyons at 7:00pm on June 18, 19, and 20, and at 3:00pm on June 21. Tickets are $20 and are available at

Scores of talented dancers ages 10-18 audition every summer for the chance become a member of Lyons-based Beyond Word Dance Company to train with owner and internationally known choreographer, Kate Jablonski. Last summer, 27 dedicated dancers were invited to join the group, including Riverside residents Lulu Faust, Briyana Gil, Claire Hejna, and Ava Kaiser, and Brookfield resident Paige Geissler. More information about auditions for the upcoming season can be found at on the company site.

At several annual Chicago-area competitions this year, Beyond Words earned the highest honors and received standing ovations from the likes of Tyce Diorio and Cris Judd. Just last month they were invited to perform alongside the cast from The Book of Mormon at Chicago’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®.

Beyond Words director Kate Jablonski, who grew up in Orland Park and has lived in Riverside since 2006, has taught and choreographed throughout the US, and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Italy. Her work has received numerous accolades, including Dance Chicago’s 2013 Choreographer of the Year, Leo’s Gold Choreography Award at the 2009 Jazz World Congress, and first runner-up for the 2009 Capezio Ace Award.

In 2007, Jablonski began using YouTube as a platform to share her choreography, and her channel, katieshmatee, quickly reached 1 million views. Today she has over 20 million views and more than 55,000 subscribers from all over the world.

In addition to Beyond Words, Jablonski is the owner of The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional company for dancers ages 18 and up, and co-founder of Foundations Performance Center, a 6200-sq-ft studio in Lyons that is the home of her companies as well as a 300-seat theater venue. She is also the founder and director of Camp Kate, an annual 3-day intensive held at Foundations Performance Center that draws students from across the globe. In recent years, Camp Kate has grown to include an additional workshop in Liverpool, Camp Kate UK.

For details about Kate and her companies visit and




Who:           Presented by Kate Jablonski featuring Beyond Words Dance Company

What:          Under The Big Top

When:         7:00pm Thursday, June 18

7:00pm Friday, June 19

7:00pm Saturday, June 20

3:00pm on Sunday, June 21

Where:        Foundations Performance Center, 3903 Joliet Ave, Lyons

Tickets:       $20 each, available at: