Rochester's Roots: Honoring Garth Fagan

February 13, 2019 11:24 AM

News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area. 

Garth Fagan was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1940. He came to the SUNY College at Brockport in 1970 to teach minority students the art of dance and stayed there for 30 years.


During that time, Fagan formed his dance company formally known as Bottom of the Bucket, But ... 

The name spoke to his humble beginnings and pristine vision for the future. Now in its 49th season, the Garth Fagan Dance Company is internationally known and continues to receive extraordinary accolades. 

In 1998, he won the Tony Award for Best Choreography of The Lion King Broadway musical.

The Garth Fagan technique is taught at university master classes nationwide; however, his dance studio remains in the heart of Rochester and has no plans on relocating.


Jazz Williams

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