Garth Fagan Dance Studio Accessibility

Garth Fagan Dance Studio

Garth Fagan Dance is the region’s leading artist-led , predominately Black cultural institution that develops young dancers, especially those of color. Garth Fagan Dance is founded by the man who taught more than 100 million audience members to move as one global community through Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway! Under the creative leadership of PJ Pennewell, GFD champions a process to offset limited opportunities for these dancers with a potential for a professional career. With over 53 years of award-winning choreography, Garth Fagan Dance stands as a beacon of innovation, creativity, and artistic excellence in the world of contemporary dance. The company has recently been welcomed into the ‘Archives of the Library of Congress’ and designated as a 20th century dance treasure, with Garth acclaimed as the longest-running Black choreographer on Broadway.


50 Chestnut Street

Rochester, NY 14604


Alec Shiman

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • A door threshold ramp with a 5” rise and 800 lbs load capacity will be placed at the main entrance on Lawn St.
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts at the corner of Chestnut and Lawn streets OR slightly down Lawn Street on the right

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • Three accessible parking spaces are located on Lawn Street, right outside of 50 Chestnut Street (Lawn St. Entrance)
  • Accessible space marked with International Symbol of Accessibility
  • If these spots are taken, additional street parking can be found further down Lawn Street, on East Broad Street, and in one of the many nearby downtown parking garages


  • A volunteer will be located at the door one hour before the event to set up the 5” rise accessible ramp and can assist with letting people into the building
  • If no one is at the door, please use the call box to the side of the door. Use the arrows until you reach Garth Fagan Dance, then press the green call button. This will ring the main office, which can buzz you in
  • An additional ramped entrance to 50 Chestnut Street can be located through the ‘Montage’ entrance (on Lawn Street)
  • Main entrance and threshold are accessible
  • Entrance door has at least 32” of clear opening with at least 18” of clear wall on the pull side of door, next to handle
  • Door handle no higher than 48” and operable with closed fist
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide, except elevator door which is 32” wide
  • Objects can be detecting by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Take elevator to 3rd floor

Rooms and Spaces

  • Aisles and pathways to materials and services at least 36” wide
  • 5’ space for turning a wheelchair completely
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths in public areas

Seats, Tables, and Counters

  • No fixed seating which allows for rearranging - can make accommodations on the spot


  • Elevator to the performing space on the 3rd floor
  • Call button in hallway no higher than 42”


  • Accessible restrooms
  • Doorway to restroom is at least 32” clear
  • Entrance doors have round door knobs
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair
  • 36” wide path to all fixtures
  • Accessible stall with grab bars behind and on the side of wall nearest to the toilet
  • Stall doors close with twist knob (turn and lock)
  • Faucet operable with closed fist


Alec Shiman: (585) 454-3260 for any additional questions

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