Who's who

Dancers, Trustees, Staff

Norwood Pennewell - (Rehearsal Director/ Assistant to Mr. Fagan), who joined Garth Fagan Dance in 1978, is the quintessential Garth Fagan dancer and is Fagan's assistant and muse. Pennewell is a recipient of a 1988 New York Performance Award "Bessie" and has had several major works created for him, including Passion Distanced, Time After Before Place, and Moth Dreams, among others. Pennewell's dancing has been seen on "Great Performances," "The Tonight Show" and in Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie. In 1994 he was invited to perform in the “66th Annual Academy Awards” broadcast. Pennewell teaches both company and master classes for Garth Fagan Dance. He recently assisted Mr. Fagan during his work on Broadway’s The Lion King and the NYC Ballet 50th anniversary Ellington project.

Steve Humphrey- (dancer) is an original member of Garth Fagan Dance.  Over the past 43 years, Fagan, Humphrey's only teacher, has created major roles for him, including Oatka Trail, which won Humphrey one of the first New York Performance “Bessie” Awards in 1984. Humphrey, a native of Ann Arbor, has been featured on "Great Performances" and in Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center.

Natalie Rogers-Cropper - (Garth Fagan Dance School Director/Assistant Rehearsal Director) joined Garth Fagan Dance in 1989 and became a principal dancer until 2004. After a 7 year absence, Ms. Rogers is back on stage. In 1992, she received the prestigious “Bessie” award“and in 1993, received ThePresident’s Awardfrom 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 has danced at the 66th Annual Academy Awardsand has been featured in Great Performances production of Garth Fagan’s “Griot NewYork”.Natalie was one of Mr. Fagan’s assistants for his Tony Award-winning choreography for “The Lion King”on Broadway, as well as assisting him in constructing “Ellington Elation” for NYC Ballet and “Jukebox for Alvin” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.Ms. Rogers-Cropper has taught the Fagan techniqueworldwide for 21 years, and is Director of the Garth Fagan Dance School, and the annual Garth Fagan Dance Summer Movement Institute.  Natalie has lectured on dance and Garth Fagan Dance for the past 20 years at various schools, colleges and theaters all over the country, and has set works of Garth Fagan at various institutions. Natalie is a graduate of the Juilliard School. (B.F.A. class of 1984).

Vitolio Jeune - (dancer) began his dance training at age 17 in his native Haiti at Artcho Danse under the guidance of Jeanguy Saintus. He was a principal dancer with the Ayikodans Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally for five years, as well as a guest artist with la companie Trilogie. Jeune is a graduate of the New World School of The Arts and recently finished as one of the top 14 contestants in FOX's televised So You Think You Can Dance, season five. Jeune has danced several works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Robert Battle. He is currently a soloist with the Garth Fagan Dance and has been with the GFD since August 2009. Jeune was recently featured twice in Dance Magazine Best of 2010 as most intriguing newcomer, also a full page as a dancer On the Rise in May 2011.

Wynton Rice - (dancer) a native Rochesterian, is a graduate of School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. He recently graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Dance and Exercise Sports Science and joined the company in July 2009. He is extremely thankful to Mr. Fagan, Norwood Pennewell and Natalie Rogers-Cropper for their support and guidance. He thanks his parents for pushing him in the right direction. One love!

Sade Bully - (Apprentice), born of Dominica, W.I. received most of her dance training in Jamaica W.I. from Tony Wilson at his School of Modern dance and with the Company Dance Theater of Jamaica, who she performed with for 10 years. She completed a Degree in Medical Sciences and Surgery from the University of the West Indies, and subsequently continued pursuing a dance career at the Ailey School in New York City. As a student there she was invited to perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the 2011 City Center Season. She is thrilled to be working with Garth Fagan Dance and wishes to thank her parents, family and friends for their loving support.

Board of Trustees

  • Garth Fagan, Founder, Artistic Director, President
  • Carmen Allen, Chair
  • Jesse Dudley, Treasurer
  • Louise Klinke, Secretary
  • George Ewing Jr.
  • Barbara Koontz
  • Susan Messing
  • Roberta Seidman, M.D.
  • Coral Surgeon, M.D.
  • Ernest Urquhart


  • Sibert Douglas
  • Marion Hawks – Deceased (1918-2003)
  • Louis Lasagna – Deceased (1923-2003)
  • Deborah Ronnen
  • Ann de Laval Schaefer - Deceased (1935 - 2012)


  • Linda Chiavaroli
  • Alex Haley – Deceased (1921-1991)
  • Rick McGrath
  • Edmund W. Pease
  • Nancy Peck, Esq. - Deceased (1935-2010)
  • Francis Price
  • A. Barry Rand
  • Eugene Schneider - Deceased
  • Lillian W. Silver


Ruby P. Lockhart - EXT. 11
Executive Director 

Norwood Pennewell
Rehearsal Director/Assistant to Mr. Fagan
Natalie Rogers-Cropper - EXT. 21
Garth Fagan Dance School Director/Assistant Rehearsal Director
Bill Ferguson
Artistic/Administrative Liaison
Susanna Kreilick – EXT.18
Leona Rossi – EXT.15
Development & Communications
New York Times
"MUDAN 175/39, quite possibly one of the finest works Mr. Fagan has created, remains etched clearly in the mind"
Garth Fagan Dance
"My duets express the complexity of human relationships, in whatever form they may take - male/female, female/female, male/male, same race/interracial, or gay/straight. Each tells a ..."
New York Post
"This is a brilliant company."
Chicago Sun-Times
"Here is a choreographer whose gift for abstraction is matched by a subtle and powerful ability to suggest relationships in pure dance terms. Fagan's...dancers feature ..."
Los Angeles Times
"Consider the Fagan program a prime example of the versatility and sophistication of concert dance in this new century."
The Star-Ledger
"Fagan's dances are perhaps the most profound and original in contemporary dance today."
New York Times
"The lyric and the exuberant are not mutually exclusive in Mr. Fagan's choreography. He channels energy into his splendid dancers but also knows how to ..."
The Financial Times
"Mudan moves like a wind chimes on a mercurial day. Pennewell and Benton merely anchor that blustery, then tranquil, spirit to human experience so it ..."
The Village Voice
"Fagan’s premiere, Thanks Forty, is a celebratory suite... to highly contrasting pieces of music (only a man of daring and astute musicality would attempt this)...He ..."

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