New York City Ballet’s Megan LeCrone: What My Teacher Taught Me

Posted on December 21, 2013 by
Nutcracker_Dewdrop_LeCroneLooking at Megan LeCrone’s training, it seems like she was destined to become a part of New York City Ballet, where she is now a soloist. Growing up, she studied with three teachers whose tough-love approach helped pave her pathway to NYCB.
“I got my Bournonville influence from Kirsten Simone, who danced with the Royal Danish Ballet–where Peter Martins danced, too. Robert Lindgren, who came from City Ballet, rehearsed me for Nutcracker. He always stayed really calm; from him I learned the pace of how a rehearsal worked. I studied with former City Ballet principal Melissa Hayden at North Carolina School of the Arts. She made me a very strong dancer. When I got into City Ballet, the stress level was higher, but I remember thinking that I could handle anything.”

LeCrone is performing as Dewdrop in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 22, in the 1 pm matinee at Lincoln Center.

Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of NYCB