Robbie Fairchild Guest Teaches at Rye Ballet Conservatory

Robbie Fairchild Guest Teaches at Rye Ballet Conservatory

Abby Bozek

On Tuesday, November 12 the Rye Ballet Conservatory was met with an amazing guest teacher Robbie Fairchild. Robbie Fairchild is a dancer at New York City Ballet (NYCB), and to the luck of the students at RBC (Rye Ballet Conservatory) he came to teach the advanced two and a half hour class this Tuesday. Luckily, this happened to be my class and I got to experience this amazing class.

Many who are not immersed in the ballet community may not know who Robbie Fairchild is exactly. Born in 1988, Robbie Fairchild is not just a ballet dancer, but also a figure in the world of Broadway. He was an actor and producer, known for An American in Paris: The Musical (2018), Cats (2019) and Soundtrack (2019). He is also known as an amazing dancer at New York City Ballet (a very difficult program). But to the B2 and C students at Rye Ballet Conservatory, he was their guest teacher on Tuesday.

As a part of this class, I got to experience his teaching. There have been previous guest teachers, but none lived up to Fairchild. His teaching skills were amazing, and the way he properly warmed our legs, arms, and feet up left me in awe. After an hour of bar (the first half of class for ballet classes) he acknowledged that we had spent a while at bar and it was time to go to center (dancing without the bar), which many guest teachers do not do. As well as this he gave us, the students, great figurative ways of thinking in order to make sure that we were standing right, as well as transferring our weight leg to leg correctly. The techniques he gave us truly still sit in my mind, and they were absolutely amazing.

After about one and a half hours of ballet class, we moved onto contemporary (which many guest teachers do instead of pointe). This class was truly amazing. He allowed us to break out of the rigid structure of ballet, and even though I normally despise contemporary, his class was loads of fun. We learned choreography, and the way he taught it to us allowed to to quickly grasp onto the steps. This class only lasted an hour, but everyone in the class longed for more.

Truly, his guest teaching at Rye Ballet Conservatory was a once in a life-time experience.