导读：2011年7月24日，纽约城市芭蕾舞团的舞蹈演员，Megan Fairchild 与Andrew Veyette在Crabtree’s Kittle House完成了他们的婚礼，在场的嘉兵们见证了这一幸福时刻。有趣的是，大多数宾客也同样是芭蕾舞演员，在人们翩翩起舞的时刻，曼妙的身材显露无疑，这场婚礼似乎成了“模特”云集的场所。当然，最多的关注应当是Veyette夫妇的爱情故事。
A principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, she is known for her footwork, precise and fast to the point of being magical. “Onstage, she’s just like this little thing that lights up,” said Savannah Lowery, a soloist. “Nothing is ever done wrong or incorrectly. She’s just this prim, proper, perfect thing.”
Offstage, Ms. Fairchild said, one of her goals is to be as normal as possible, and as unlike the dancers in the movie “Black Swan” as you can get.
She doesn’t wear her hair in buns in public. “We call that being a ‘bun head,’ a ballet nerd,” she said. And she eats cupcakes sometimes and advises young, up-and-coming ballerinas to do the same, just to experience a little imperfection.
When she was 16, she moved to Manhattan from Salt Lake City, her hometown, to study at the School of American Ballet. She lived in an apartment building with so many other performers that riding the elevator often meant squeezing between dancers in workout clothes and musicians carrying their instruments and humming.
After graduation, she was invited to join the City Ballet and soon met Andrew Veyette, another company member. He is as mischievous as she is meticulous. “He’s a very rugged guy,” said Henry Seth, a colleague. “He likes surfing. He likes bikes.”
Mr. Veyette, 29 and also a principal dancer, also moved from home early. At 15, he left Visalia, Calif., to study at the Rock School in Philadelphia. He lived with one of his older brothers, Francis Veyette, who said, “We had this tiny little studio apartment with air mattresses and cardboard dressers.”
As soon as Ms. Fairchild joined the City Ballet, Andrew Veyette noticed her pixielike spirit and started flirting with her. “The whole first year I was in the company he tried to get my attention,” Ms. Fairchild, 27, recalled. “I thought it was a hazing kind of thing.” She was often backstage while he danced. “He’d look back at me and say, ‘What are you looking at?’ That went on for a long time.”
She liked his attention but didn’t like what people said about him. Ms. Lowery said: “He had this reputation for being a bad boy, and she was tentative because Megan always does the right thing. She got straight A’s, she was at the top of her ballet class.” Ms. Lowery added, “Andrew’s got the biggest heart, but he didn’t want anybody to know it.”
Mr. Veyette was also persistent, and Ms. Fairchild was interested enough to join him for drinks. At that time, Mr. Veyette was known in the company for going out a lot. “He was that cool smoker and drinker, that cool guy you think you can’t have a chance with,” Ms. Lowery said. “But Megan caught his eye.”
The two usually went to an Upper West Side bar that’s popular among the company’s dancers. “We had great conversations and really connected,” she said. She especially liked the fact that he wasn’t consumed by ballet. “He doesn’t look like someone who wears tights for a living,” she said.
On and off the stage, they are opposites. She makes to-do lists and five-year plans; he said he just likes “to roll with it.” He added, “I’m just focusing on being a good enough dancer to watch when someone comes to the ballet and the curtain goes up and it’s me.” She’s measured; he’s not. Describing his diet, he said, “I don’t feed myself well during the day, and then I eat 12,000 calories at night.”
Asked why she began studying ballet, Ms. Fairchild said that she liked the “control and discipline,” adding: “Now, it just feels so good to stretch my leg out or point my foot. It feels good to my body. It feels like home.”
When asked the same question, Mr. Veyette replied, “You look at the male-to-female ratio and you think, This is a lot more fun than soccer!”
Once they started dating, he began shedding his bad-boy reputation. He went to ballet classes regularly, as she does. He got out of debt, he said, and gradually lost interest in partying.
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