Garth Fagan Stepping Down as Head of Dance Studio

A legendary local choreographer is stepping aside as the leader of the dance studio he created.

Garth Fagan has helmed Garth Fagan Dance since he founded it back in 1970.

The 83-year-old is best known for choreographing The Lion King musical, which has run on Broadway since 1997.

He was honored this year by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Fagan says he will continue to choreograph dances at the school, and he has chosen two of his long-time principal dancers as his successors.

Natalie Rogers-Cropper has been tapped as executive director and school director, and Norwood “PJ” Pennewell will be artistic director.

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