All in the Family

I love dancing families. Whatever pitfalls may come with training alongside a brother or a sister (or a mother, or a father), there's something really neat about watching family members work and perform together. They just get each other. And talk about a built-in support system. (Can you tell I'm the only one in my family who danced? No, I'm not jealous of sister acts like the DelGrossos. Not at all. *quiet sob.*)

New York City Ballet is full of sibling duos, and while they frequently share the stage, one pair—Robert and Megan Fairchild—had an especially awesome moment this Sunday. It was a performance of Susan Stroman's Double Feature, a slapstick-funny, Broadway-inflected homage to old-school silent films. The story of its first section, "The Blue Necklace," is a little complicated, but here's all you need to know for now: Robert was dancing the part of Billy Randolph, a dashing (and, of course, dancing) movie star. Megan was playing Florence, a dopey non-dancer with an ambitious mom. At one point in the ballet, the mom forces Billy and Florence to dance together.

In other casts, their clunky pas de deux is polite-chuckle funny: It has some cute little wow-this-girl-really-can't-dance gags, there are lots of flexed feet and missed lifts, nyuk nyuk nyuk. But Robert and Megan had me on the floor with their spot-on comic timing. They just know how to goof off together—probably thanks to years and years of practice in their living rooms. I kind of hope their mom got to see that particular performance, because I'm guessing it would have felt awfully familiar!

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

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