Garth Fagan Dance is the region's leading artist-led, predominately Black cultural institution that develops young dancers, especially those of color. Garth Fagan Dance is founded by the man who taught more than 100 million audience members to move as one global community through Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway! Under the leadership of PJ Pennewell, GFD champions a process to offset limited opportunities for these dancers with a potential for a professional career. With over 53 years of award-winning choreography, Garth Fagan Dance stands as a beacon of innovation, creativity, and artistic excellence in the world of contemporary dance. The company has recently been welcomed into the “Archives of the Library of Congress”, and has been referred to as a 20th Century dance treasure, and Garth as the longest-running Black Choreographer on Broadway.
Events & Performances
660 Cities. 24 Countries. 6 Continents. We are Garth Fagan Dance!
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, Chautauqua, NY
August 11-13, 2023, 3 Performances, collaboration with Finger Lakes Opera, Rochester NY, Aida (choreography Norwood Pennewell); Auditorium Theater
September 13-16 & 20-23, 2023; 8 Performances, Rochester Fringe Festival, Location: GFD Studio Theater
December 8-10, 2023, GFD Home Season, 5 performances, MCC, Brighton, NY
January 11 & 13, 2024, Collaboration with RPO, Rite of Spring, 2 Performances, Eastman Theater, Rochester NY
March 2024, Ebony Theater, 4 Performances, Los Angeles CA
April 2024, University of North Carolina, 2 Performances, Greensboro, NC
May 2024, Mothers Day, 1 Performance, Theater at Innovation Square, Rochester NY
June 2024, Juneteenth Community Festival, 1 Performance (Free), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, Rochester NY
November 2024, The Joyce Theater, 8 performances, New York NY
Gia Kourlas, New York Times
"Drawing on the grounded strength of modern dance, the vivacity of Afro-Caribbean dance and the meticulousness of ballet, Fagan’s technique lends itself to feats of balance, which seem impossible until you see them with your own eyes."
The Lion King
Millions around the world have seen Disney’s The Lion King, the stage version of the beloved cartoon feature. The choreographer behind every movement on stage? Garth Fagan. The musical swept the Tonys in 1998 with awards for best musical, direction, choreography, scenery, costumes and lighting design.
Garth Fagan Dance School
The mission of Garth Fagan Dance School [GFDS] is to create an environment in which an appreciation for dance and all of the arts is instilled and fostered. By using tenets of the Fagan Technique as a developmental tool, and adhering to the Fagan mantra "Discipline is Freedom" GFDS builds self-esteem and leadership skills while increasing the mental and physical strength of our students. The professional dance setting provides structure for students of all levels, especially those preparing for a career in dance.
Summer Movement Institute
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