What is the Fagan Technique?

The Fagan technique is the teaching method that Garth Fagan, company founder and artistic director, developed hand-in-hand with his own choreography when he started his ensemble in 1970. The technique is a singular dance language drawing from the sense of weight in modern dance, the torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, the speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the post moderns.

The technique is dynamic and powerful and prepares the body for the wide range of movement found in 
Garth Fagan’s choreography. Fagan Technique has long been recognized for its ability to increase the 
performing careers of dancers, a direct result of its emphasis on coordination, flexibility, seamless transitions, strength and musicality.











Dance 2b - Teen/YA

5:10 PM - 6:40 PM



6:45 PM - 8:15 PM



Dance 2b - Teen YA

5:10 PM - 6:40 PM

Intermediate/Advanced Technique

6:45 PM - 8:15 PM



3 - 4 year olds

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

5 - 7 year olds

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

8 -12 year olds

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Adult Community Class

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


10 & Under - Take age appropriate classes on Saturday Mornings

10 & Over - Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Rehearsals - Saturdays, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

We invite children and youth of all ages to step into the Garth Fagan Dance studios!  Our youngest dancers explore rhythm and match body movements to the beat through group dance.  School-aged dancers begin a progressive study of the Fagan Technique, learning its vocabulary and developing the strength and coordination to execute the movement sequences.  Classes are taught by our professional company dancers who use dance training to teach discipline, work ethic and creative expression.

Step into our studios with music rebounding from the 20’ ceiling! Teen dancers commence on an in-depth study of the Technique’s structure, terminology, rhythm and artistry.  Select a class level --Beginning Fagan Technique or Intermediate/Advance Fagan Technique – and join your Garth Fagan Dance teachers in this powerful means of expression.

Whatever your motivation--seek a creative outlet, elevate your fitness level, resurrect the dance training of your youth, explore an unrealized dream—you will find like-minded adults at our classes. And you will come away with increased muscular strength, flexibility, posture, over all body awareness and resiliency to stress!  Our professional dance teachers are your guides since all Garth Fagan Dance studios are without mirrors.  

Garth Fagan Dance

50 Chestnut Street

 Rochester, NY 14604

united states

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