Salt Lake City native Megan Fairchild will be dancing her way into millions of living rooms across the country Wednesday. That’s when PBS will present New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as part of a Live from Lincoln Center series.
The night before, Tuesday, Fairchild’s performance with the world-renowned ballet company is showing for one night in theaters nationally. Filmed live and in one-take, viewers will see the same performance as the audience in New York City.
Fairchild is excited about national exposure, which provides an opportunity for her dancing to be seen by friends and families, including many who haven’t seen her work since she left Utah for New York City 10 years ago. In addition, she’s especially pleased that a rebroadcast will air for U.S. service men and women around the world on Christmas Eve.
“I would never pass up the opportunity to perform, and hopefully bring joy to the men and women who serve our country,” Fairchild said. “I also hope that children who wouldn’t otherwise see a live ‘Nutcracker’ get to experience the magic of this wonderful ballet.”
What’s unusual about Fairchild’s Utah-to-New York City dance journey is that she’s had company along the way. She became a principal dancer with NYCB in 2005, while her younger brother, Robert, now 24, earned the same status in 2009.