Robert Fairchild is currently enjoying his fifth year as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and began dancing at the age of four. His formal ballet training began at the age of 10 at Ballet West Conservatory. Fairchild attended the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, as a full-time student in the fall of 2003. In June 2005, he won the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. The following June, he joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet. He has been a soloist with New York City Ballet since 2007 and a principal dancer since 2009. Last year, Fairchild played the Carnival Boy in the Emmy-nominated New York Philharmonic production of Carousel directed by John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Fairchild will be singing and dancing the lead role of Jerry in American in Paris (originated by Gene Kelly in the film version) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris this fall with an exciting debut on Broadway the following season.