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The ASK Megan is the ONLY podcast featuring expert advice on Professional Ballet. Each week Megan Fairchild answers the questions of aspiring dancers and their parent's to help navigate the complex world of professional ballet. The ASK Megan is hosted by one New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild. Megan is not only a Principal Dancer, but performed in the award winning Broadway show, "On The Town" and is considered to be one of the world's most premier dancers on stage today. Join Megan as she answers each and every question that comes her way. The ASK Megan show is produced by The Premier Dance Network which was founded by Kimberly Falker, the host and producer of Balancing Pointe Podcast, the TOP ranked podcast on Ballet and Dance.

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The ASK Megan is the ONLY podcast featuring expert advice on Professional Ballet. Each week Megan Fairchild answers the questions of aspiring dancers and their parent's to help navigate the complex world of professional ballet. The ASK Megan is hosted by one New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild. Megan is not only a Principal Dancer, but performed in the award winning Broadway show, "On The Town" and is considered to be one of the world's most premier dancers on stage today. Join Megan as she answers each and every question that comes her way. The ASK Megan show is produced by The Premier Dance Network which was founded by Kimberly Falker, the host and producer of Balancing Pointe Podcast, the TOP ranked podcast on Ballet and Dance.

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Great Resource for ALL Dancers!

By SchoolofHouseFlipping.com - Dec 14 2015
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Megan has tons of experience and is a true expert in this field!

AMAZING!

By Mother Jen - Dec 14 2015
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Fantastic podcast Megan! Love what you’re doing!!!

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
48
0
1
1
0

Great Resource for ALL Dancers!

By SchoolofHouseFlipping.com - Dec 14 2015
Read more
Megan has tons of experience and is a true expert in this field!

AMAZING!

By Mother Jen - Dec 14 2015
Read more
Fantastic podcast Megan! Love what you’re doing!!!
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Ask Megan!

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The ASK Megan is the ONLY podcast featuring expert advice on Professional Ballet. Each week Megan Fairchild answers the questions of aspiring dancers and their parent's to help navigate the complex world of professional ballet. The ASK Megan is hosted by one New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild. Megan is not only a Principal Dancer, but performed in the award winning Broadway show, "On The Town" and is considered to be one of the world's most premier dancers on stage today. Join Megan as she answers each and every question that comes her way. The ASK Megan show is produced by The Premier Dance Network which was founded by Kimberly Falker, the host and producer of Balancing Pointe Podcast, the TOP ranked podcast on Ballet and Dance.

Rank #1: 64 ~ Ask Megan! Vaganova versus Balanchine?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Sonya who wants to know Megan’s thoughts on the Vaganova method of ballet technique versus Balanchine’s style?

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951).

Balanchine’s style has been described as neoclassic, a reaction to the Romantic anti-classicism, (which had turned into exaggerated theatricality) that was the prevailing style in Russian and European ballet when he had begun to dance. (excerpt from NYCB website)

NCYB on Balanchine

 
Megan dives in deep and educates us on both techniques – a GREAT educational episode!

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Mar 14 2016

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Rank #2: 117 ~ Ask Megan! How do dancers deal with romantic break-ups?

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Today, Julia writes in to say, "Hi Megan, there seem to be a lot of relationships within the New York City Ballet. What is the dynamic like when breakups occur and how difficult is it to dance with a former romantic partner? Will the casting directors avoid pairing two former romantic partners together?

Mar 21 2017

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Rank #3: 52 ~ Ask Megan! A very special interview with Leanne Cope, a very special guest from Royal Ballet

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today a listener brought Megan a brand new challenge and asked to hear from a Royal Ballet dancer.

As you will hear, NO listener challenge is too great for Megan Fairchild as she brings us an exclusive interview with Leanne Cope from Royal Ballet!  

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Feb 09 2016

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Rank #4: 66 ~ Ask Megan! How do shorter dancers lengthen their lines?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Giuliana who asks Megan “As a fellow short dancer (I’m 5’1/’), I wonder what you do to lengthen your line. I love being compact and quick on my feet, but I have to admit that sometimes I’m disappointed when I watch myself dance in more adagio and lyrical combinations because the length just isn’t there. How can I enjoy being a short dancer but still get some elegant length going as well?”

 
Megan’s is able to answer this one from a personal perspective.

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Mar 16 2016

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Rank #5: 78 ~ Ask Megan! What do rehearsals look like at NCYB?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Tuesday. 

Today’s question come from Rachel who wrote in to say:

I am curious what rehearsals look like at NYCB. Who are the players involved in group, divertissment, solo, and pas de deux rehearsals? Is a répétiteur always present, or only for choreography of certain choreographers?  What is the role of ballet coaches?  I see some of this from YouTube posts from NYCB, SF Ballet, Royal Ballet, etc., and would love to know more.

Love your podcast,particularly the "behind the scenes"topics.  As a huge ballet fan, it's so fun to learn about all of the various things that go into a production before the curtain goes up!

​ - Rachel Perez

 Megan loved this question and really dove in deep on this one!

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May 03 2016

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Rank #6: 57 ~ Ask Megan! What happens to a professional dancer who is injured during the season? Do they still get paid?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Carol who wants to know if a NYCB dancer is injured or otherwise unable to dance, what happens to them during the season while they are recovering? Are they still expected to come to work? Does the company provide them resources to help their recovery? And how can they still earn an income if they are unable to dance?

Megan’s sheds some interesting light on this great question.

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Feb 16 2016

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Rank #7: 36 ~ How much money do professional dancers make....and can you live off of it in a big city?

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ASK MEGAN  comes to you five days a week and is brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast ~ the TOP rated podcast on Ballet and Dance.  The Ask Megan show is hosted by world renowned New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild.  

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each episode will feature an actual question submitted from someone like you!

Today’s question come from:

Selena who wants to know how to survive in a big city on a dancer’s salary.

Megan uncovers in detail what a corps de ballet member can expect in a professional dancer’s salary.

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Jan 18 2016

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Rank #8: 43 ~ Ask Megan! How do dancers juggle marriage and relationships while working for the same Company?

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ASK MEGAN comes to you every Monday through Friday and is brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast ~ the TOP rated podcast on Ballet and Dance.

The Ask Megan show is hosted by world renowned New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild.

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Beckee who wants to know how it works with marriage and romance inside New York City Ballet.

Megan breaks down love and relationships as a professional dancer.

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Jan 27 2016

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Rank #9: 68 ~ Ask Megan! What dance bags are the professional’s favorite?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Hi Megan! I need a new dance bag.  What bags are the most popular among the professionals?  Thanks SO much for providing such great answers each week, I LOVE this show! Love, Maggie 
This was a fun question for Megan to tackle!

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Mar 22 2016

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Rank #10: 101 - Ask Megan! - How Do I Build Muscle and Improve Endurance

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Tuesday.

Today, Giuliana asks how she can build muscle and improve endurance.

Do you have a question about Ballet? YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions by clicking HERE:

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Nov 01 2016

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Rank #11: 60 ~ ~ Ask Megan! What advice does Megan give to her students when she teaches?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions!

Today’s question come from:

Amy who is a Ballet Instructor.  She recalls many lessons learned from teachers she had as a young aspiring dancer.  She wonders what are Megan’s most important pieces of advice she tries to pass on to her student’s when she teaches.

 
Megan provides some solid and straightforward advice – you almost feel as if you took one of her classes!

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Mar 02 2016

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Rank #12: 109 ~ Ask Megan! Could Running Help in Toning a Dancer" Legs?

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Today's question comes from Lily who wrote in to ask about toning her legs.  She is wondering if Megan would suggest running?

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Jan 17 2017

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Rank #13: 56 ~ Ask Megan! How do Principal roles get decided upon and distributed in NYCB?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Noelle who wants to know how the Principal Roles get decided upon and distributed in New York City Ballet?

Megan’s sheds some interesting light on life inside one of the world’s most prestigious Ballet Companies.

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Feb 15 2016

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Rank #14: 88 ~ Ask Megan! What is the best way to warm up?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Tuesday.

Today’s question come from Ella who wants to know suggestions on the best way to warm up. 

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Jul 12 2016

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Rank #15: 97 ~ Ask Megan! How many classes are enough?

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Tuesday.

Today’s question comes from Sarah who wants to know if she is taking enough ballet classes each week.

Do you have a question about Ballet? YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions by clicking HERE:

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Sep 13 2016

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Rank #16: 35 ~ The Life of a Corps de Ballet dancer.

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ASK MEGAN  comes to you five days a week and is brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast ~ the TOP rated podcast on Ballet and Dance.  The Ask Megan show is hosted by world renowned New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild.  

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each episode will feature an actual question submitted from someone like you!

Today’s question come from:

Miranda who wants to know how long a Corps de Ballet dancer typically stays in the Corps?

Megan gives us insight into a typical life of a corps de ballet member not only in New York City Ballet but in other corps as well.

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Jan 15 2016

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Rank #17: 85 ~ Ask Megan! How to stay in shape after taking a month off from dance.

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On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Tuesday. 

Today’s question come from a Christy who wants to know how to get back in shape after taking off dance for a month.

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Jun 21 2016

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Rank #18: 105 - Casting Lead Roles for NYCB's Nutcracker

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Today's question comes from Melinda who wants to surprise her daughter with tickets to NYCB's Nutcracker and wants to know how far in advance casting is known for the lead roles.

Do you have a question about Ballet? YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions by clicking HERE:

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Dec 13 2016

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Rank #19: 108 - Ask Megan! How Do Directors Cast Dancers Based On Body Types?

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Today on Ask Megan! Rachel writes in asks about how Artistic Directors make casting decisions on dancers and their body types.

Do you have a question about Ballet? YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions by clicking HERE:

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Jan 10 2017

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Rank #20: 44 ~ Ask Megan! How to impress the judges at an audition.

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ASK MEGAN comes to you every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast ~ the TOP rated podcast on Ballet and Dance.

The Ask Megan show is hosted by world renowned New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild.

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Emma who wants to know HOW to show the adjudicators that she loves dance and is determined to do well at the auditions.

Megan provides some really valuable advice!

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Jan 28 2016

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