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Garth Fagan Dance School


The Garth Fagan Dance Student Ensemble is Garth Fagan Dance’s elite youth training program. Its goal is to fashion students into strong, versatile, confident dancers through Fagan technique classes, repertory and performances.


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Ethan Beckwith-Cohen
Dancer | Student Ensemble Co-Director

ETHAN BECKWITH-COHEN took his first Fagan class at the age of three. Born and raised in Rochester, he has studied at Garth Fagan Dance, Rochester’s School of the Arts, Bush Mango Youth Project, Borinquen Dance Theatre, FuturPointe Dance, and other organizations. Ethan holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, where under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfeild he had the opportunity to work with artists such as Sidra Bell, Doug Varone, Kim Bares-Bailey, Mark Caserta, and many others. Ethan has always held a passion for choreography. He has created multiple dance works and curated many community-based projects. Ethan extends deep gratitude to his teachers, mentors, peers, friends, and family that have supported and guided him to this beautifully full circle moment.

Gabrielle Samuel
Principal Dancer | Student Ensemble Co -Director | GFDS Intern 

GABRIELLE SAMUEL joined Garth Fagan Dance in April 2021. She hails from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and trained at Eugene Joseph Trinidad Dance Theatre, The Alpha Theatrical Dance Company, The Shift Contemporary Dance Company, Marabella Open Bible Church Dance Academy and Caribbean School of Dancing. She studied Dance, African & African American Studies, and Archaeology at Washington University in St Louis. Gabrielle has experience in Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Afro-Contemporary, Afropop, Liturgical, Horton, Dunham, Ghanaian dance, and Talawa Technique. She has worked with Raja Feather Kelly, Ronald K Brown, Cecil Slaughter, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Jillene Forde and Joaquín Collado, among other choreographers. She enjoys GFD's fusion of Europeanist and Africanist dance vocabulary and is grateful for the family and friends whose support has made it possible for her to be here.

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Upcoming Events

June 8th - Student Ensemble Showcase - Further Ticketing Info to be released soon. 5pm - Garth Fagan Dance Studios (50 Chestnut St. Rochester, NY 14604 FL. 3)

Recent Events

January 19th: ROC the Future Alliance's 11th Annual State of our Children Address and Report Card Release.

February 16th: School of the Arts' Black Lives Matter Day concerts.

February 18th: Memorial Art Gallery's 23rd Annual Black History Month Celebration.

February 18th: Flower City Noire Collective's "Books & Brunch: A Birthday Party for Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison

April 13: M.K Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence's Soulforce: Rooted in Purpose, Blossoming in Hope

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