Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms. Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and 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. Ms. Fairchild entered The School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the Fall of 2000. In November 2001, Ms. Fairchild became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dance.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO"
Closest dance store to my work.
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
Seamed mesh tights.
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Don't compare yourself to others; you will succeed when you work your hardest, and embrace what is unique about you. Find out what makes you special and capitalize on that!
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I work at New York City Ballet where both my brother and husband are also principal dancers. I love basset hounds and have two of them: Trudy and Norman. I am the shortest principal at NYCB, 5' 3.5", but it has probably pushed my career more than held me back. There are a lot of shorter talented men that need partners.