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Megan Fairchild  NYCB Ballerina | 2014 Broadway Revival of On the Town | Cole Haan collaborator | Ask Megan! Podcast on iTunes | Fordham Math/Econ Grad

I always knew when this day came, it would be incredibly difficult for me, whether I was able to dance with him or not. Spending 15 years with the same partner builds an incredible bond. We danced together through painful personal moments, as well as extreme professional highs. We televised the Nutcracker together as Sugar Plum and Cavalier in 2011, danced Rubies in the International Jewels festival last year, and filmed Sonatine for the company on the stage of the ChΓ’telet in Paris. He chased me down the hallway one Saratoga pretending he had a bat in his hands, and I mercilessly teased him about his stage hair ever since he grew it out long enough one season to require Bobbie pins. He always had a big smile for me, even on days when I was not feeling it, and I always chuckled when his perfectionism in his variations caused him to have to pace around the studio and count to ten. We sanctified the beginning of every ballet with kisses on the cheek and wishes of merde as the orchestra started to play, and held each other’s hands through the exhaustion of bowing after a ballet when you feel you can’t breathe and can no longer stand. I will never forget hearing the audience roar with applause after we danced together, and holding his hand while looking out into that big bright light. How can you not feel incredible love for a person you share such special moments with? @joaquindeluz it has been my absolute pleasure to hold your hand all these years, and I hope that bond never dies. You will always have a special place in my heart, as you have become a part of who I am as an artist. So proud of you and congrats on a final last show with @nycballet πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Thanks @balletfocus_com for the photo πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈ

Waddled to the ballet tonight to see my partner in crime do his last Prodigal Son. He has always been amazing in this ballet, and I haven’t always had the opportunity to catch his shows. So special to be at this last one. πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ€— @joaquindeluz you are amazing, and I can’t wait for Sunday! ☺️😘😘😘 #prodigalson #balanchine

Twirling for my bump photo shoot with @dottaviophoto was just what I needed. πŸ€°πŸΌπŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ­οΈ At this stage my bump has started to feel incredibly limiting, and it was so nice to celebrate it in a beautiful way. Thanks @robbiefairchild and Daniel for inspiring me to capture this beautiful life moment!! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Lin and I will cherish these photos forever!!! And although it was a tight squeeze, it felt nice to be able to lace up my pointe shoes again. It’s such a part of my identity and I look forward to joining my beloved company @nycballet again for Spring Season 2019. πŸ™ŒπŸ»β˜ΊοΈ #18daystillduedate #37weekspregnant #bumpphotography #glamsquad

So wonderful seeing @jay_a_johnson in his element as Raoul in @phantombway 🎭 🎼 And very pleased to see he has an OTT pic of us six leads above his dressing room spot. πŸ’•πŸ˜‰ That year created wonderful memories to last a lifetime and friends we will keep forever. 😘 Also, it should be said, it doesn’t matter how old or well known a show is, I will always get chills the first five minutes of a Broadway show... especially when I have friends that are part of the magic. #broadway #19daystoduedate #onthetown #keepingbusy #friendsforever #talentedfriends

No this is not Pilates or Yoga. Hint... battery operated tea lights, a little plastic windmill and a fan were our other props. Yesterday I attended an amazing pushing workshop !!! Fun, right? πŸ˜† Being in a room with all these other soon-to-be mothers was so empowering. I have to admit as I get closer to my due date, it has all seemed very daunting and I am so grateful to have found tools to help me realize how capable I am. This experience has made me so honored and proud to be a woman and we are warriors!!! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻 So thankful for these extra tips on how to safely bring your baby into this world. I am feeling so much more prepared after this seminar and will definitely be back for more of their prenatal workouts as well as their postpartum ones where you can bring your baby!!! They have other specialty workshops going on all the time, like the diastasis one I attended a month ago where I learned how to properly exhale and use my transverse-abdominals to wrap around the baby before I make any efforts like sitting up from laying down or picking something heavy up. It’s allowed me to be more mobile than I thought I could with this big belly in a safe way, and hoping this pushing workshop brings the same benefits!!! Highly recommend checking out if you are a pregnant New Yorker!!!!

Initiating Operation β€œDo-something interesting-every-day-until-my-due-date”. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻
I had thought this last month I might settle in and slow down... after a week of that I was ready to pull my hair out! I am a doer, I cannot sit and chill. So now on a mission to stay inspired, stimulated and busy!!! Doing things I have always wanted to do and taking people up on offers I usually don’t have the time for. Began yesterday with a tour of @nytimes My good friend @morriganm is the National photo editor and she invited me to sit in on the main editors daily morning briefing yesterday. I was mortified before the meeting started when they announced me as their special guest... β€œMegan Fairchild is here with us today. She is a principal dancer with @nycballet and a big fan of The NY Times.” πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ So embarrassing. My face went bright red. But so cool to go behind the scenes of the daunting process of keeping up with the latest headlines. There was a lot of articles discussed about Kavanaugh, all the way down to the culture sections work on an article about a stained glass window. Beautiful offices and inspiring to see how they juggle and organize every bit of interesting news happening in the world today!!! What a time to be a journalist! #24daysleft #36weekspregnant

For World Ballet Day, a photo from one of my favorites. Baiser de la FΓ©e with @joaquindeluz A sweet love story that has such a dramatic and haunting end. I love any ballet that runs the gamut of emotions. πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈβœ¨πŸ’” #worldballetday

When the curtain rose last night for our Fall Gala @nycballet we (all the dancers) stood on stage together in solidarity as @tessreichlen spoke on our behalf. Just a brief excerpt from our message: β€œWe strongly believe that a culture of equal respect for all can exist in our industry. We hold one another to the highest standards and push one another while still showing compassion and support. We will not put art before common decency or allow talent to sway our moral compass. NYCB dancers are standard bearers on the stage and we strive to carry that quality, purity and passion in all aspects of our lives.” So proud to stand up on that stage with all of my colleagues and even prouder to watch their performance that followed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would call myself more of a bridesmaid in spirit πŸ˜‰. Being pregnant throughout @saramearns wedding planning meant I couldn’t join the Mexico bachelorette excursion (Zika πŸ‘ŽπŸ») and I won’t be able to make the wedding as my due date is just days before her big day. So bummed to miss out but it’s all for happy things and we are both going in life directions we are so excited about. So grateful I was at least able to attend the bridal shower last night and got to see this diva in all her bride-to-be glory! I will always be grateful for this friendship and so happy she has found a man that makes her so complete. πŸ’œ πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Swimming is still keeping me sane during my pregnancy!!! Thank God for another beautiful day and my building for keeping my pool open!!! Now officially 35 weeks and the size of a kick-board lol. So happy to have had a healthy pregnancy so far and looking forward to meeting this little one!!!! #maternityleave #swimmer #35weekspregnant

Merde to this silly man on the first of his last shows with @nycballet It’s been the pleasure of my career to share so many moments on that stage with you, and I am there with you in spirit tonight. I know you have your Redbull/Gatorade/Smart water/Coffee beverages lined up at your dressing room spot ready to go. β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‰ Wishing you and @ashleybouder an amazing show!!! β­οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ»β­οΈ @joaquindeluz #partners #rubies

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