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.
Shanon Castle - (dancer) graduated magna cum laude from Shenandoah University with a BFA in Dance. She has performed professionally with Dissonance Dance Theater, Flying Lions Dance Company, and Momentum Dance Theater. She previously apprenticed with Lehrer Dance in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Castle joined the company in October 2009.
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!
Charity Metzger - (dancer) was born in Miami, FL where she began her dance training. She was a Dean's Award recipient at New World School of the Arts High School and a Merit Award winner for National Foundation of the Arts and in 2007. As a Howard University Dance Major, Ms. Buckner trained as a scholarship student at Dallas Black Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Winter Intensive, and Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program. After Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2008, she performed with Philadelphia Dance Company’s Apprentice Company (D/2). Ms. Buckner joined Garth Fagan Dance May 2011.
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.
Roderick Calloway - (Apprentice) is a native of Boston, MA where he was introduced to dance at Ailey- CAMP Boston, furthering his training at Boston Ballet and the Topf Center for Dance Education. He received an intensive dance education at the Boston Arts Academy, and has been privileged to work with Ronald K. Brown, Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz, Sean Curran, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Jennifer Scanlon, and Robert Battle. He has received scholarship awards from the Ailey School, the Boston Conservatory, and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater. Calloway has recently performed professionally and has toured Chile and Colombia with Frederick Earl Mosley. Other performance experience involves Anna Myer and dancers, Boston Dance Company, and Opus Dance Theater. He’s inspired to see the world with dance and to develop his own voice as an artist.
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
- 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
Executive Director – email@example.com - EXT.11
In 2002, Ruby Lockhart was appointed Executive Director of Garth Fagan Dance, after having previously served on its Board of Trustees for 2 years. Ms. Lockhart spent 23 years as a labor relations specialist with New York State United Teachers. Following that, she co-owned – along with her husband – a retail store in Rochester, NY, for 33 years, during which they spearheaded many community outreach initiatives. She has served as an NEA panelist and on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees, to which she is the past chair. Ms. Lockhart is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently the Rochester Women’s Network Vital Women, Vital Roles recognition award.
Rehearsal Director/Assistant to Mr. Fagan
Natalie Rogers-Cropper - EXT. 21
Garth Fagan Dance School Director/Assistant Rehearsal Director
Susanna Kreilick – EXT.18
Nicolette Ferguson – EXT 22
Leona Rossi – EXT.15
Ella Dean – EXT.19