Ballet Intensive Guest Instructor
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 dancer.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Fairchild has danced featured roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Apollo (Calliope), Ballo della Regina, Chaconne, Coppélia (Swanilda), Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la Fée," Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, George Balanchine's The NutcrackerT (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, and Dolls), Harlequinade (Pierrette), Jewels (Emeralds and Rubies), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Butterfly), Raymonda Variations, Serenade, La Source, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Square Dance, Symphony in C (Third Movement), Tarantella, Theme and Variations, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Union Jack, Valse-Fantaisie, Vienna Waltzes, and Western Symphony (Adagio); Jerome Robbins' Andantino, Brandenburg, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Seasons (Winter), The Goldberg Variations and Piano Pieces; Peter Martins' A Fool For You (Rockhouse), Barber Violin Concerto, Eight Easy Pieces, Eros Piano, Fearful Symmetries, The Magic Flute (Lise), Octet, Papillons, Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Princess Florine, and Ruby), Songs of the Auvergne, Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, and Neapolitan), and Zakouski; Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons, and Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse and Mercurial Manoeuvres.
Ms. Fairchild also originated featured roles in Robert La Fosse's Land of Nod (Natalie), Peter Martins' Naïve and Sentimental Music, Alexei Ratmansky's Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, Susan Stroman's "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature (Florence), Mr. Wheeldon's Shambards, and the NYCB Premiere of Eliot Feld's Intermezzo No. 1.
Ms. Fairchild has performed with New York City Ballet at its summer home in Saratoga, New York, and with the Company on tour in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Copenhagen, Denmark, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Fairchild was the 2001 recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award.