Looking 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. nycballet.com

Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of NYCB