Megan 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 also at the Ballet West Conservatory, Megan Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee.
Megan Fairchild entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000, studying under the guidance of Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, and Kay Mazzo. In November 2001, Megan Fairchild became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. Megan Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer.
Megan Fairchild's expansive repertoire includes principal roles in full-length ballets and contemporary works. Principal roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dewdrop in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Pierrette in Balanchine's Harlequinade, the Second Act Divertissement in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanhilda in the George Balanchine/Alexandra Danilova production of Coppelia, Aurora and Princess Florine in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty, and Florence in The Blue Necklace in Susan Stroman's Double Feature.
Megan Fairchild has also danced the roles of Calliope in Balanchine's Apollo, and Lise in Martins' The Magic Flute.
Megan Fairchild has also danced principal roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Ballo della Regina, Chaconne, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fee, Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, La Source, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Union Jack, Valse-Fantasie, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto, A Fool for You, Eight Easy Pieces, Eros Piano, Fearful Symmetries, Octet, Papillons, Sinfonia, Songs of the Auvergne, Zakouski, Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons, Jerome Robbins' Andantino, Brandenburg, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Season, The Goldberg Variations, Piano Pieces, and Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse Ã¡ Grande Vitesse, and Mercurial Manoeuvres.
Megan Fairchild has also originated featured roles in Eliot Feld's Intermezzo No. 1, Robert LaFosse's Land of Nod, Peter Martins' Bal de Couture, and NaÃ¯ve and Sentimental Music, Alexei Ratmansky's Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, Christopher Wheeldon's Shambards, and Angelin Preljocaj's Spectral Evidence.
In 2001 Megan Fairchild was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.
In 2011 Megan Fairchild danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in PBS' Live From Lincoln Center telecast of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, which was also screened in movie theaters and cinemas around the world.
Megan Fairchild is currently a Teaching Fellow with the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.
Revised: November 2013
Megan Fairchild News
Associated Press:Ballet Dancer (Megan Fairchild) Switches Genres for Broadway Debut
New York Times Feature:For a Big Break, a Break From Ballet City Ballet Star (Megan Fairchild) Lands Major Musical Theater Roles
Going to Broadway!!!I am super excited to announce that I will be making an unexpected detour to Broadway this fall, as I join the cast of On the Town. I will be playing the role of Ivy Smith (Miss Turnstiles), formerly played by Vera-Ellen in the movie starring Gene Kelly. Official Announcement
Balancing Pointe Podcast: Megan FairchildHad so much fun doing this interview with Balancing Pointe. Check it out at balancing-pointe.com. It is a wonderful podcast website that frequently interviews all kinds of professionals throughout the industry. Created by two mothers of budding ballerinas, as they try to create balance for their daughters in the crazy world of ballet.
Megan Fairchild - Upcoming Performances
Megan Fairchild is currently in previews for On the Town on Broadway Lyric Theater 213 W. 42nd St. NYC Click here for tickets
Opening night is Oct. 16th
Scheduled NYCB performances: Winter 2015 Season (Balanchine's Harlequinade or Square Dance) Feb. 18th 7:30 PM Feb 24th 7:30 PM Feb 25th 7:30 PM Feb. 28th 2 PM March 1st 3 PM Click here for tickets