summer movement institutE

July 11th - 31st


Join us for three exciting weeks at Garth Fagan Dance. Students age 13 and up will learn the philosophy and intricacies of this contemporary movement led by Garth Fagan Dance company members.

Due to COVID-19 we will follow strict studio procedures. Review our COVID protocol here. Summer Movement Institute 2021 will be offered in-person, virtually with live streaming classes, or as a pre-recorded option. Limited attendance is available for in-person classes.


IN- PERSON- Update:Teen In-Person registration is now closed.
*Adult in-Person Program registration is still open until June 25.

Students taking in-person classes will experience the Fagan Technique, Composition, and Repertory through instruction in 4 classes per day, 5 days per week.

The in-person program will also include:​

  • Classes & lectures on nutrition and music appreciation

  • Mentoring by company members

  • Field trips 

  • Final student showcase performance

The in-person offer is only for those who can prove financial hardship. Students must submit proof (recent tax return, paystub or notarized letter of unemployment status) to be eligible. 

Registration Fee- $30       Tuition (all levels)- Subsidized by grants with approved eligibility




Virtual Live Stream attendees will be monitored by a Summer Movement Institute teacher and will take Fagan Technique and Fagan Repertory classes per day (30 total classes).

Registration Fee- $30       Tuition (all levels)- $450



Registrants for pre-recorded classes will receive one Fagan Technique class per day without a teacher (15 total classes). 

Registration Fee- $30       Tuition (all levels)- $75

Registration deadline is May 28. Payment deadline is June 25, 2021.

Registration &  payment deadline for virtual and pre-recorded registration is June 25, 2021.

Please Contact Natalie Rogers-Cropper for more information.


Description of Classes & Activities

arrival activities

Participants will arrive and begin at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin promptly. This will be a time for participants to sign in and attendance to be marked.

Pre-Class warm-up.

technique class

Participants will practice basic Garth Fagan Dance floor and standing technique that provides the building blocks for Fagan technique. This class will prepare participants for their afternoon dance class in rep and composition. They will learn awareness, control, and musicality while practicing basic Garth Fagan Dance technique and movements.

For 18+ class, 2 - 3 years of experience recommended but not required.


Participants will learn basic tools used in creating choreography. Participants will incorporate the skills learned and practiced in technique classes. Students will apply their notes from the morning class and viewings of GFD videos.

For 18+ class, 2 - 3 years of experience recommended but not required.


Participants will learn movement from dances in Garth Fagan Dance Repertoire.

For 18+ class, 2 - 3 years of experience recommended but not required.

music appreciation / interpretation

Study of the classics in various genres with emphasis on jazz.

dance criticism with video

Students will watch and critique Fagan pieces.

duet class

A movement exploration of the relationship between two dancers.

yoga for dancers

A class specifically designed for students studying Fagan Technique.

nutrition for dancers

A class for maintaining a healthy diet while keeping body fat percentage low.

african dance class

A class exploring dance and rhythms from West Africa.

caribbean dance

Master classes in Afro-Caribbean dance.

tae kwon do for dancers

A martial arts class specifically designed for dancers. Explores the physical and philosophical similarities between Tae Kwon Do and the Fagan Technique.


Cultural Field Trips

Participants will experience firsthand the relationships amongst the arts to dance. Proposed field trips include the following:


Students will walk over as a group.

the little theater

Students will walk over as a group to watch film.

memorial art gallery

Students will improvise a performance, taking inspiration from the sculpture garden at the museum. All friends and family are welcome to watch. Students will walk over as a group.



School Director | Assistant Rehearsal Director | Principal Dancer

Rehearsal Director | Personal Assistant to Garth Fagan | Principal Dancer

Acting Executive Director | Personal Assistant to Garth Fagan

Principal Dancer

devante gilreath

Principal Dancer

Former Principal Dancer, Garth Fagan Dance/Adjunct Professor of Dance SUNY Geneseo