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What is Fagan Technique?

The Fagan technique is the teaching method 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.

Are classes offered all year round?

Our classes are offered throughout the entire school year.

We have a spring, fall, and winter semester and during the summer, we have our Summer Movement Institute (SMI). An in-depth program dedicated to learning the Fagan Technique. These classes are located under the EDUCATION tab.

Does my child need special dance attire? Shoes?

Nope! Classes are taught barefoot. As for dance attire, your child does not need to wear leotards and tights. At Garth Fagan Dance School we support individuality. Whatever dance attire makes the child happy as long as they can move in it! Go ahead and rock colorful leggings!

what is smi?

Summer Movement Institute is a three week intensive 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. They will experience the Fagan Technique, Composition, and Repertory through instruction in 4 classes per day, 5 days per week. The program will also include: ​classes and lectures on nutrition, music appreciation, mentoring by company members, field trips, and a final student showcase performance.

Where is your studio?

50 Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY 14609. For more information, please visit our CONTACT page under the ABOUT tab.

How do I purchase tickets to a performance?

Ticket and performance information can be found within Events & Performances tab.​

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