Garth Fagan Dance Partnership
Garth Fagan Master Classes taught by Natalie Rogers-Cropper, Bessie Award Winner and Director of the Garth Fagan Dance School (Fall 2021)
Natalie Rogers-Cropper joined Garth Fagan Dance in 1989 and became a principal dancer until 2004. After an 8-year absence, and one daughter, Ms. Rogers returned to the stage in 2012. In 1992, she received the “Bessie” award, and in 1993, received The President’s Award from her country of birth, Trinidad and Tobago.
Natalie was voted one of the top three female modern dancers in the world, by readers of Dance magazine in the 2004 “Readers’ Choice” awards. Natalie danced at the 66th Annual Academy Awards and was featured in Great Performances production of Garth Fagan’s “Griot New York." Natalie assisted Mr. Fagan with his Tony Award-winning choreography for “The Lion King” on Broadway and assisted him in constructing “Ellington Elation” for NYC Ballet, and “Jukebox for Alvin” and “From Before” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Natalie has taught the Fagan technique for 25 years, and is Director of the Garth Fagan Dance School, and annual Summer Movement Institute. Natalie has lectured on dance and Garth Fagan Dance for the past 23 years at various schools, colleges, and theaters, and has set works of Garth Fagan at various institutions. Natalie received her B.F.A. from the Julliard School in 1984.
PRFN 289: Special Topics: Performing Arts - Garth Fagan Dance Technique Societal Perspectives (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the techniques and stylings of contemporary American dance company Garth Fagan Dance. This technique draws 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. Students will experience first-hand how dance is a universal language of movement that provides opportunities to express and explore our common human experience, our relation to one another and to the world. Focus will be placed on examining ethnic and cultural aspects of dance, along with an exploration of the relationship between dance and social justice.