An Inner Spark
New York City Ballet principal Megan
Fairchild brings lessons from Broadway
to her performances. By Natalia Boesch
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You took a year off to perform on Broadway as Ivy
Smith in On the Town. What did you learn from that
If I’m not being classical I can be kind of a goofy dancer, so
it was a good push for me. And dancing for a different audi-
ence, where it’s purely based on how much fun everybody’s
having, takes the emphasis off being technically perfect.
That was something I held on to a little too tightly before. I
learned that just being me is enough.
What role do you find particularly challenging?
The Cuckoo Bird in Justin Peck’s The Most Incredible Thing!
He’s very specific about the steps and the timing he wants—
it’s a whole new vocabulary for me. The costume has heavy
wings that “whoosh” as you turn. During my first show I fell.
Then the next show, I fell again. To get out there and try a third
time after falling twice was a fun chal-
lenge, but a difficult one.
What do you still hope to dance?
My biggest dream is to someday be in Jerome
Robbins’ The Concert. I’m trying to grow my
hair out for it. More than anything, I absolutely
love to hear the audience laugh.
You’re a math and economics major at
Fordham University. What do you like about
I like the discipline of it, and that you can use its tools
every time you approach a problem: If you do this step, this
step, and this step, you’ll get to an answer. It’s like ballet: If
you do this, this, and this, you’ll do a good triple pirouette. It’s
just the way my brain works.
What inspired you to start your weekly “Ask Megan!”
When I was finishing my Broadway run, I thought about start-
ing a blog. I had done some interviews for the “Balancing
Pointe” podcast with Kimberly Falker, and we collaborated to
create “Ask Megan!” I didn’t want to just talk about myself—I
wanted to advise. It’s been a way to give back.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I enjoy the Kardashians from time to time. It makes me feel
better about my life! P
Fairchild in Jerome
Robbins’ Dances at