The former choreographer for Disney’s Broadway production of The Lion King stopped by Greenville this week.
Garth Fagan came to Stone Academy and SC Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities to teach his philosophy of dance to local students.
Fagan won a Tony award for his work on The Lion King in 1998 and is known internationally for the “Garth Fagan dance.”
“You have that spring and the bounce, and animals, wild animals, have that intrinsically in their being,” he says. “I had been to Africa several times, so it was a work of love for me.”
The Jamaican native has also rubbed shoulders with Bob Marley and says he taught Marley’s mother dance lessons in Jamaica.
Fagan describes his signature style as an earthy, rhythmic form of contemporary-modern dance, with lots of leaping and turning.
Students at the Governor’s School got a lesson from award-winning dancers with the Garth Fagan’s dance studio, and say what they learned is something they’ll always remember.
“Not only are we technicians, we’re storytellers,” Junior Pierceton Mazell says. “We’re portraying a piece of art to really give audience members something to take away.”
Anderson native and actor Brandon Micheal Hall is the next celebrity to visit the Governor’s School. He’s slated to stop by in late April.