Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. From the audience, her graceful lines and notable presence do not give away that she is a petite dancer at just 5’3″. Her graceful footwork is described by The New York Times as “precise and fast to the point of being magical.” She seemingly catapulted through the ranks into the role of Principal with one of the most prestigious companies in the world in just a few short years. Despite her star appeal, Megan is humble and appreciative of her life and those who have helped her along the way. Her approachable manner is appreciated by every aspiring ballerina who dream of one day “being her” and with whom she willingly poses for photographs.
Megan thoughtfully shares her story with us, openly and honestly. We learn of her triumphs along her journey, from the studio to the stage and her recent marriage. She also shares with us her very real and challenging moments as a dancer.
Favorite Quote: “What are you saving it for?” Balanchine
She began her dance training at the age of four, studying with Judy Levitre and Kaelynne Oliphant at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah; and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City with Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Maureen Laird. While at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee.
At the age of 16, Ms. Fairchild moved to Manhattan to study at the School of American Ballet in the fall of 2000. Her rise to principal dancer has been notably fast. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November of 2001. In October 2002, she joined the NYCB company as a member of the corps de ballet. Two years later, Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, at the age of 20 she was promoted to principal dancer.
She has danced in ballets including The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Theme and Variations, Donizetti Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante, Coppelia, and many others.
A recent newlywed, Ms. Fairchild is married to fellow NYCB principal Andrew Veyette.
One of Megan’s most favorite, shining moments in her career was being able to
dance Theme and Variations
with her husband Andy.
“I will always remember smiling back and forth at him”
Megan’s brother Robert (Robbie) Fairchild is also a principal with the company. She and her brother are both recipients of the Mae L. Wien Award at the School of American Ballet and the only siblings to share this distinction.
“One thing my mom always taught me was to always be a nice person.”
Dancer Answer: Advice for Aspiring Young Dancer
Q: From Cosette in MN: A good ballet dancer needs two things: A passion and love of the art and good technique. How do you find a balance between the two?
A: Megan: As a pro you rehearse, rehearse, rehearse so you can go out on stage and just be in the moment, not thinking about the steps, hearing the music, enjoying yourself and having a connection with the audience.
Megan Fairchild can found on the stage of the New York City Ballet. To find her performances, please visit their website here.
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