(267) Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with New York City Ballet

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Today we are joined by New York City Ballet principal dancer, Megan Fairchild. Megan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four. She went on to train at Ballet West Conservatory, where she was also a Ballet West trainee. In 2000, Megan continued training at the School of American Ballet and in November 2001, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer. Megan made her Broadway stage debut playing the role of Ivy Smith in the 2014 revival of “On the Town,” which opened on October 16, 2014 at the Lyric Theatre. She received the 2015 Theatre World Award for her performance.

We chat with Megan about her origins in dance, her early years with the company, receiving featured opportunities at a young age, a quick rise through the ranks, dealing with performance anxiety, and returning to dance after having children. In 2021, Megan published a book, “The Ballerina Mindset: How to Protect Your Mental Health While Striving for Excellence.” Megan tells us about how the idea for this book came about and what she hopes that readers will take away.

Get “The Ballerina Mindset” at book retailers nationwide and on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3tV6LbW.



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