13 Facts About Garth Fagan


Garth Fagan is the founder and artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance, a modern dance company based in Rochester, New York.


Garth Fagan was educated at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with sights on becoming a psychologist.


Garth Fagan was a Professor, at State University of New York, Brockport starting in 1970.


Garth Fagan choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Limon Dance Company in the 1970s.


Garth Fagan has studied the works of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Pearl Primus, Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Katherine Dunham.


Garth Fagan is influenced by Caribbean and West African dances.


In Moth Dreams, choreographed in 1992, Garth Fagan celebrates his childhood, adolescence, and relationship with his mother.

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Garth Fagan is a Distinguished University Professor at the State University of New York at Brockport.


Garth Fagan has a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University, and earned a Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Rochester in 1986, and holds honoris causa Doctors degrees from Juilliard School, Hobart College, William Smith College, and Nazareth College.


Garth Fagan received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998, and a three-year Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Garth Fagan was made Commander in the Order of Distinction of Jamaica in August 2001, and was presented the Prime Minister's Award by Jamaican Prime Minister P J Patterson.


In 2012, Garth Fagan was named one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition.


In 2021, Garth Fagan was awarded the Eastman Luminary Award from the Eastman School of Music for his achievements in modern Dance.