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OCTOBER 2017: Garth Fagan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

Garth Fagan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

We are so proud to announce that acclaimed and Tony-award winning Garth Fagan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild during its 2017 60th Anniversary Dance Festival, Sept. 7-10. Other winners included dance medicine pioneer and Dean of the American Dance Festival, Martha Myers; and Louis Mofsie, Founding Artistic Director of the renowned Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. The event also included outstanding performances by Garth Fagan Dance Principal Dancers, Natalie Rogers-Cropper (Bessie award winner) and Vitolio Jeune.

Here is an excerpt of a recent review of the performance:

“But "No Evidence of Failure," choreographed by Garth Fagan, was a piece I'll never forget seeing. Danced by the incomparable Natalie Rogers and Vitolio Jeune, the pair's worldly experience and wisdom was ever apparent. With stunning extensions and clean lines, the two complemented each other, like tides of the same wave riding into the shore. The dance continued like an evolving courtship, with repeated penchés expressing a continuous sense of longing.

It was a privilege to behold.”

-Christina Pandolpfi, Broadway World - Sept. 12, 2017

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor. Garth Fagan with American Dance Guild Board Treasurer, Lance Westergard, and President, Gloria McLean


Garth Fagan Dance Studios featured in Landmark Society Tour

On October 6th and 7th, The Landmark Society Inside Downtown Tour, continued its 14 year old tradition, by opening up downtown urban Rochester environments to visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites. This year's tour included a stop at the historic Columbus Building which has housed Garth Fagan Dance for twenty-eight years. Lucky tour visitors received a special opportunity to view and sit in on a combined Fagan Technique/Hip Hop class, an 8-12 year old class, and a Company class!

Click the link for more information about the Landmark Society and the

2017 Inside Downtown tour - Landmark Society



October 27-29, 2017

Nate Holden Performing Arts Ctr.

4718 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Of the company’s last appearance at Ebony Rep, critic Victoria Looseleaf wrote:

"The troupe is joy made palpable. Virtuosity, stamina and love of life, not to mention technique to burn, are the hallmarks of this extraordinary group… [they] should be required viewing for the human race.”

GFD returns to LA with four performances including two West Coast premieres: Garth Fagan’s In Conflict to music by Arvo Part andNorwood Pennewell’s A Moderate Cease set to William Walton’s Cello Concerto.



November 7-12, 2017

175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St.

New York, NY 10011

GFD has long been an audience favorite at the Joyce.

The engagement features

World premieres by Garth Fagan

and Bessie Award winner

Norwood Pennewell, a company member for 38 years, as well as two New York City premieres: Fagan’s  In Conflict and Pennewell’s  A Moderate Cease .

“Unfailingly original”

 - The New York Times




November 29-December 3, 2017

4245 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14618

Box Office 585-389-2170

Internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance brings “power, grace and its unique brand of high-octane ebullience” ( Fjords Review ) to the Nazareth College Arts Center.

Winner of a Tony Award, London's Olivier Award​, Australia's Helpmann Award,and many others, Garth Fagan's ever-evolving dance language draws on many sources: modern dance, Afro-Caribbean, ballet, and post-modern.

The company continues to be cited for its excellence and originality. Five members have won Bessie Awards—Fagan, Steve Humphrey, Norwood Pennewell, Natalie Rogers, and Sharon Skepple—and Lewis Segal ( The Los Angeles Times ) said "Consider the Fagan program a prime example of the versatility and sophistication of concert dance in this new century."

Enjoy premieres from both

Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewelland spectacular revivals during the culmination of the company’s 45th anniversary celebration.

" was American master Garth Fagan who best fused technical virtuosity with conceptual depth... soul-deep conviction and spectacular flair…. the indispensable dance experience of the year!”

-The Los Angeles Times


Garth Fagan Dance School

Fall Semester

Come dance with us! Fall classes began on September 5th and end November 25th. Classes are available for all ages and skills.

2017 Summer Movement Institute

Couldn't attend SMI this year? Join us next year!

“Learning a technique that isn’t taught at any other dance program is awesome.”

- 2017 SMI Student

“NO MIRRORS. Dancing without them makes it fun again.”

- 2017 SMI Student


Garth Fagan Dance Student Ensemble

The wonderful members of the Student Ensemble have been busy! In addition to rehearsals in preparation for their upcoming performances during the Garth Fagan Dance Home Season at Nazareth College Arts Center, select Ensemble members thrilled spectators with "POP UP" dances at the grand re-opening of the Hyatt Regency Hotel located in downtown Rochester. The students danced to classical renditions of tunes such as Michael Jackson's "Beat IT" to Sting's "Every Breath You Take". The students were poised and professional, representing Garth Fagan Dance in fine fashion! Don't miss your chance to see the Student Ensemble perform during the Home Season matinee performances: Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


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