Garth Fagan Dance Partnership

Garth Fagan Dance (GFD) was founded in 1970 by Bessie, Helpmann, Tony, Olivier award-winning choreographer of Disney’s “The Lion King”, the incomparable, legendary “irreplaceable dance treasure,” Garth Fagan. His influence runs deep, inspiring a bustling, community-based resource of artistic excellence, the Garth Fagan Dance School, serving a diverse socioeconomic base. Through fifty years of touring 6 continents, 27 countries, and 400+ cities, GFD dancers are distinguished by the Fagan Technique™,  a unique and evolving style, which fuses the weight of modern dance, the vitality and physicality of Afro-Caribbean movement with the risk-taking experimentation of post-modernism. One of the few sustainable, Black-created and led cultural organizations in Rochester and western New York, GFD builds on a platform of social awakening and leverages creative leadership that inspires innovation, using community engagement and unique partnerships, artistic talent, and programmatic excellence as tools to transcend, teach and entertain audiences world-wide.

RIT/NTID and Garth Fagan Dance announce working partnership

RIT/NTID partners with Garth Fagan Dance


Thomas Warfield
Thomas Warfield
Senior Lecturer
Director of Dance
NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf