Farewell to a Fond Friend

Ed Fogarty with wife Gail Higgins Fogarty at FBP’s Black & White Fete, May 2016. Photo by Liam Louis.

From the stage, the audience is darkness. Looking out through bright spotlights, individual spectators may not be seen, but those with exceptional passion can be felt. When Edward Fogarty was in the audience, his energy was impossible to ignore.

At the end of every performance, just as the spotlights dimmed, Ed Fogarty rose before the house lights. Curtain call was his time to shine. Ed’s unbridled enthusiasm for “his dancers” poured out of him. His wild applause erupted through the theater, punctuated by his signature “Bravo!” and a few rogue whistles.

Ed’s animated post-show appreciation was rivaled only by his excitement pre-season. He worked tirelessly as a dedicated benefactor, serving almost 30 years on the Board of Trustees, currently as the body’s Vice President. One of Ed’s most notable traits was his genuine desire to get to know every dancer. He was truly invested in the company as a collection of artists, inspiring Festival Ballet Providence’s contribution to the community throughout the years.

Ed Fogarty’s generosity of both heart and spirit will flood the halls of FBP for years to come, followed closely by the warm echo of his familiar “Bravo.”

The Company dedicates its 40th Season in  memory of our dear friend Edward Fogarty, who died August 31, 2017. In honor of his affinity for creation, FBP has established a new works fund to support the development of new choreography for the Company he so loved. For those who would like to attend, the funeral service for Edward Fogarty will be held Tuesday September 12, 2017, 10:00am at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 57 Cole Ave., Providence, RI. Visitation will be held Monday September 11, 2017, 4:00pm-8:00pm at Skeffington Funeral Home, 925 Chalkstone Ave., Providence RI. In lieu of flowers, the Fogarty family has requested that donations to Festival Ballet Providence be made in Ed’s honor.


This post was written by Kirsten Evans. The author is in her eighth season as a Company Dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. She is also the Company PR & Communications Assistant, as well as the writer of a personal blog, Setting The Barre.


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