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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

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By SiberianCrab - May 23 2015
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As the father of an aspiring ballerina, it is great to hear the stories of the pros.

Kimberly is connecting a community!

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Thank you for shedding light in the world of Dance!

iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
Average Ratings
82
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2
0
1

Love these interviews

By SiberianCrab - May 23 2015
Read more
As the father of an aspiring ballerina, it is great to hear the stories of the pros.

Kimberly is connecting a community!

By Ace92378 - Dec 09 2014
Read more
Thank you for shedding light in the world of Dance!
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Ballet Uncovered ~ Balancing Pointe Podcast

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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.www.BalancingPointe.com

Rank #1: 05 - Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer - New York City Ballet (NYCB)

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Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She seemingly catapulted through the ranks into the role of Principal with one of the most prestigious companies in the world in just a few short years. Despite her star appeal, Megan is humble and appreciative of her life and those who have helped her along the way. She began her dance training at the age of four, and then studied ballet at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City. While at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee.

At the age of 16, Ms. Fairchild moved to NYC to study at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in the fall of 2000. Her rise to principal dancer has been notably fast. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November of 2001. In October 2002, she joined the NYCB company as a member of the corps de ballet. Two years later, Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, at the age of 20 she was promoted to principal dancer.

Megan thoughtfully shares her story with us, openly and honestly. We learn of her triumphs along her journey, from the studio to the stage and her recent marriage. She also shares with us her very real and challenging moments as a dancer.

Dec 05 2013

1hr 7mins

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Rank #2: 93 ~ ASK Megan! Megan Fairchild hosts today's show and interviews Sara Mearns

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This week Megan takes over as the host of the show and interviews New York City Principal Dancer Sara Mearns.  Perhaps a first ever experience.

Megan and Sara are not only dancers but very great friends, so this episode feels like you are sitting with them in their home or over coffee.  

Megan asks great questions that really help give an authentic peak into the life of a professional dancer. Sara shares her favorite roles, as well as how deeply recently deceased Albert Evans' death has affected her on a daily basis. The interview is authentic and dives in deep into Sara Mearn's journey in ballet.

Sara's vibrant energy keeps things light hearted and fun.

Today's question come from:

- Natalie who is 12 years old and lives in Hong Kong.  Her favorite dancers are Sara Mearns and Megan Fairchild so she was hoping Sara could come on to the show.

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

You can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY. Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

NYCB Website with Sara's bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Aug 03 2015

45mins

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Rank #3: 83 - Kaitlyn Gilliland - Live from School of American Ballet

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Today's interview comes LIVE from School of American Balley with Kaitlyn Gilliland.

Kaitlyn's journey in Ballet began before birth.  She was born into a most prestigious legacy of ballerinas.  Her grandmother is renowned choreographer and founder of Minnesota Dance Theater and  and "Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy" which just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is Minnesota's longest running Nutcracker.  Kaitlyn's mother, Lise Houlton danced with American Ballet Theater and Stuttgart Ballet and took over the leadership of MDT in 1995.   Kaitlyn began her training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre before moving to New York at age 16 to train with the School of American Ballet. She attended full-time for one year and in 2004 received the school’s Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland danced with the New York City Ballet, performing corps, soloist, and principal roles. Due to an injury, Kaitlyn retired from NYCB in 2011 and pursuing an equally grueling goal as a pre-med student at Columbia University.  Today, she is a graduating senior with a degree in psychology.  Along her academic journey, Katilyn re-discovered her passion for dance when she was coaxed into the studio by then budding choreographer Emery LeCrone (also a previous Balancing Pointe guest).  After this Kaitlyn began working with the  Columbia Ballet Collaborative.  Since that moment, Kaitlyn's renewed dance career is skyrocketing.

May 18 2015

39mins

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Rank #4: 210 ~ Pirouettes from the Past ~ Chapter Six, Boys and Ballet in America ~ Part Two

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This episode is the second episode exploring the history of boys and ballet in America with this month's focus on the challenges historically faced by boys in ballet.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Sep 12 2016

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Rank #5: 82 ~ LIVE from Lincoln Center Plaza - Kaitlyn Gilliland

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Today's interview comes LIVE from Lincoln Center Plaza in NYC with Kaitlyn Gilliland.

Kaitlyn's journey in Ballet began before birth.  She was born into a most prestigious legacy of ballerinas.  Her grandmother is renowned choreographer and founder of Minnesota Dance Theater and  and "Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy" which just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is Minnesota's longest running Nutcracker.  Kaitlyn's mother, Lise Houlton danced with American Ballet Theater and Stuttgart Ballet and took over the leadership of MDT in 1995.   Kaitlyn began her training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre before moving to New York at age 16 to train with the School of American Ballet. She attended full-time for one year and in 2004 received the school’s Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland danced with the New York City Ballet, performing corps, soloist, and principal roles. Due to an injury, Kaitlyn retired from NYCB in 2011 and pursuing an equally grueling goal as a pre-med student at Columbia University.  Today, she is a graduating senior with a degree in psychology.  Along her academic journey, Katilyn re-discovered her passion for dance when she was coaxed into the studio by then budding choreographer Emery LeCrone (also a previous Balancing Pointe guest).  After this Kaitlyn began working with the  Columbia Ballet Collaborative.  Since that moment, Kaitlyn's renewed dance career is skyrocketing.

In fact, Kaitlyn is becoming an icon for freelance dancers worldwide as she is not only making a name for herself; but she is purposefully designing her path along the way ~ a feat few dancers are able to accomplish.

Balancing Pointe website

Kaitlyn Gilliland's website

Dance Magazine: "Why I Dance" by, Kaitlyn Gilliland

New York Times article

Dance Magazine: "On Her Own" by, Joseph Carmen

May 15 2015

1hr 16mins

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Rank #6: 43 - Jillian Vanstone ~ Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada

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Jillian Vanstone was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia where at age six she began ballet studies at the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts. Within two years she had already determined that dance was her life’s calling. In 1994 she passed the rigorous audition process to be accepted into Canada’s prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto where she later earned two coveted awards.

Following her graduation Vanstone entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1999, was promoted to second soloist in 2003, to first soloist three years later before being appointed a principal in 2011.

Jun 20 2014

49mins

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Rank #7: 101 - ASK Megan! A mother asks about her daughter's nutrition.

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This week Megan answers the question from the mom of a young dancer who wants to know how to keep her daughter's diet healthy and focused on nutrient dense foods.

Megan provides information on how she approaches nutrition in her rigorous schedule and shares with us some of the information her mom (who is a dietician) taught her as a young girl.

ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild.

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

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

You can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY. Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Sep 07 2015

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Rank #8: 124 ~ Ask Megan! An EXCLUSIVE interview with Tiler Peck ~ sister to sister-in-law.

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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 episode brings you an Exclusive interview with none other than Megan's sister in law and NYCB Principal Dancer Tiler Peck!

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Oct 26 2015

29mins

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Rank #9: 11 - Allison DeBona, Soloist Ballet West - TV show Breaking Pointe

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Allison DeBona is a Soloist with Ballet West of Salt Lake City, Utah and a featured cast member on CW's hit reality television series Breaking Pointe. By design, her role as the latter has catapulted her dancing and her life as a ballerina into public prominence. After witnessing declining ticket sales and slashed budgets at Ballet West, (as well as other companies world-wide) she readily participated in the reality series in hopes of bringing ballet to a more mainstream and modern audience. As such, she has successfully created a social media audience of more than ten thousand followers. Among them, naturally, are thousands of aspiring dancers of every genre looking up to her, watching her, and wondering how they could be her. So, given how her goals meshed with those of our podcast, naturally we wanted to tell her story.

It may surprise some that Allison's journey has not been typical for a dancer. In fact, Allison quit dancing at 13 and did not start again until she was 16. Later she decided to pursue the college route before becoming an apprentice to Ballet West in her early 20s. Forthright and determined, Allison succeeded in getting a start  with Ballet West and is now a soloist dancing great roles and great choreography.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she trained with The Parou Ballet Company under Debbie Parou, followed by the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet under Jean Gedeon. Allison then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet from Indiana University.

She joined Ballet West in 2007 and was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2011. The success of the television show has translated to success for ballet, bringing larger audiences for Ballet West at home and abroad. The popularity of the series can also be seen as the inspiration for other reality based productions about ballet companies around the world.

Dec 13 2013

48mins

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Rank #10: 74 ~ Lauren & Francis Veyette, Principal Dancers with Pennsylvania Ballet - Part 1

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Today I am bringing to you another husband & wife team, Lauren and Francis Veyette.  You may recognize the last name from a few of my previous interviews and this is because Francis is Andy Veyette’s brother.  This also means that Megan Fairchild, Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck are all intertwined not only through ballet but also through marriage.  You’ll hear today that they spend most of their holidays together and the six of them are extremely close.  I truly loved this interview for so many reasons – one because of the most unique journey taken by Lauren in dance. She was interestly quite fast tracked into the New York City Ballet, while still in high school, but then chose a different path – one that was more of a perfect fit for her.  Lauren actually left her professional career to pursue college and then went back to dance and is now a Principal dancer with Pennsylvania ballet.  And her husband, Francis….one of the four Veyette brothers shares a ton about his life growing up in California and the amazing sacrifices his parents made to help him pursue his career in ballet.  Francis is also a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and has recently received a promotion and is now the director of Pennsylvania Ballet 2 which is their second company.  

Feb 06 2015

51mins

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Rank #11: 42 - Gabrielle Lamb, Choreographer

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Gabrielle Lamb is a native of Savannah, Georgia and was trained at the Boston Ballet School. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2003. In 2009 moved to New York City and began working with choreographer Pontus Lidberg, as well as Morphoses, then under the direction of Christopher Wheeldon.

Her repertoire as a performer also includes principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Luca Veggetti and Shen Wei.

She won the 2009 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and in 2013 won first prizes in both Milwaukee Ballet's International Choreographic Competition and Western Michigan University's National Choreographic Competition. During the 2013-2014 season her work will be performed by BalletX, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and Ballet Austin.

Ms. Lamb is also a self-taught video artist and animator, and her dance films have been presented by Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, among others.

Jun 13 2014

47mins

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Rank #12: 185 ~ 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 You Tube 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!

Find MeganFairchild ~ 

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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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Apr 26 2016

7mins

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Rank #13: 97 ~ ASK Megan! Learn how to stay in shape while on vacation and how to audition for SAB

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by  Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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 questions come from:

- Leigh Ann who wants to know how Megan stays in shape while on vacation;  

- Giuliani who is interested in auditioning for School of American Ballet and wants some pointers.  

Megan really dives in with great detail on Katie's question.

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Aug 17 2015

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Rank #14: 106 ~ Ask Megan! Today Megan shares with us WHY Coppélia is her favorite role to dance.

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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:

Stephanie who wants to what Megan's favorite role is to dance. 

Megan really gives us great insight into her personal experience with this role. 

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Sep 21 2015

5mins

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Rank #15: 103 - Ask Megan! Today Anna asks about auditioning for SAB.

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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:

Anna who wants to know how best to audition for School of American Ballet and being fairly new to pointe.

Megan really dives in with great detail on Anna's question.

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Sep 15 2015

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Rank #16: 40 - Helen Pickett, Choreographer - Part One

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Helen Pickett, born in San Diego, California, studied dance at The San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin, and later, Helgi Tomasson. 

In 2005, Mikko Nissinen, director of the Boston Ballet, offered Helen her first choreographic commission,Etesian. The New York Choreographic Institute awarded her a Fellowship Initiative Grant in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, Helen choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance magazine named Helen one of "25 to Watch". She received a Choreographic Residency from Jacob's Pillow in 2008. From 2009 through 2011, Helen created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2012 and 2013, her commissions include Atlanta Ballet, Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Scottish Ballet and Smuin Ballet. Helen was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant.

For over a decade Helen performed with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt. During her last season with Ballet Frankfurt, Helen simultaneously performed with The Wooster Group, director, Elizabeth Le Compte. She acted with the Group for five non-consecutive years in the OBIE award winning House/Lights,North Atlantic. In 2005, Helen returned to the role, as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet of Flanders, in William Forsythe Impressing the Czar. In 2009, Impressing the Czar received the Laurence Olivier Award and in 2012, the Prix de la Critique award for outstanding performance of the year.

Helen collaborates, as an actress and choreographer, with installation video artists and filmmakers including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove and Laurie Simmons. Helen, a founding member of Eve Sussman The Rufus Corporation, created the role of the Queen in 89 Seconds at Alcazar, which was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and now is in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2007, Helen acted in Sussman feature length film, The Rape of the Sabine Women. She played Sally Rand in Toni Dove's video installation and feature film, Spectropia.

Helen teaches Forsythe-based improvisation and her motivational creative workshop entitled The Expansive Artist throughout Europe and the United States. Dance Europe published Helen's article, Considering Cezanne,in 2006.

In 2011, Helen earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University.

Jun 05 2014

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Rank #17: 99 ~ ASK Megan! Questions about the reality of life as a professional dancer.

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by  Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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 questions come from:

- Nancy who asks how injuries are dealt within New York City Ballet;  

- Maya who asks how the schedules are dealt with in NYCB. 

Megan really dives in with great detail on Katie's question.

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Aug 24 2015

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Rank #18: 119 ~ Ask Megan! What do professional dancers eat?

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ASK MEGAN is a weekly show hosted by New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild and brought to you by Balancing Pointe Podcast.

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:

Allie who wants to know what professional dancers eat.

Megan provides great nutritional advice for all dancers.

Do you have a question about Ballet?  

YOU can be a part of the show by sending us your questions ~ it is EASY! Simply go to BalancingPointe.com and click on the "Leave Your Question Here" tab on the side of the page.  From there follow the directions and you are all set.

If you like the show, please take a moment to stop by ITunes and leave us a rating and review.  And be sure to stop by:

Contribute to my Indiegogo Campaign here!

Balancing Pointe Website - SUBMIT your questions here!

Megan Fairchild's website

NYCB Website with Megan's Bio

Balancing Pointe Facebook Page

Twitter - Balancing Pointe

Twitter - Megan Fairchild

Oct 13 2015

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Rank #19: 75~ Lauren Fadeley Veyette & Francis Veyette, Principal Dancers with Pennsylvania Ballet - Part 2

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Today I continue with Part Two of my interview with Lauren and Francis as we dive deeper into turning hurdles or disappointments into opportunities to learn and grow. As you will hear, Francis leaves the interview to meet with a friend ~ Matthew Neenan who will be a guest in an upcoming episode.  Before he leaves, however, he shares with us his words of wisdom for aspiring dancers. Lauren and I continue our discussion as she shares with me what it was really like to to dance in the hit movie, "Black Swan". (she still received royalty checks from that experience)  Be sure to take a look at their Shownotes page where you will see some fantastic footage of their photo shoot with award winning photographer (and Balancing Pointe's previous guest), Jordan Matter.  

You can find their show notes page at BalancingPointe.com under Podcast.

Feb 13 2015

38mins

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Rank #20: 215 ~ Pirouettes from the Past - Chapter Eight, College Dance Departments Part One

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This episode is the first of two on the history of college dance departments in the United States.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Nov 11 2016

16mins

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