Harriet McMeekin (Apprentice) began her dance training at the Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda, Maryland and continued her studies on scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Boston Ballet School. She has danced professionally with Ballet San Jose, Oakland Ballet, José Mateo's Ballet Theatre, Zoé Dance, Bowen-McCauley Dance, and has made occasional guest appearances. This is her first season dancing with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
What do you like to do when you are not dancing?
I like knitting, cooking, beer and wine tasting, and road biking.
How do you prepare yourself for the physical challenges of rehearsing, performing, touring?
Lots of sleep and water, swimming, GYROKINESIS(r) and GYROTONIC(r), foam roller, theraband exercises, and customized cross-training exercises.
What is it like to work with Ms. Farrell? Any fun and memorable stories or anecdotes about working with her?
I am excited and honored to work with dance legend Suzanne Farrell for my first season.
What music do you like to listen to when you warm-up?
I like a range of music genres depending on the time of day. In the morning, I love Spotify's radio station based on David Guetta or The Killers. In the afternoon/ evening, I like music inspired by Willie Nelson, Django Reinhardt, or J.S. Bach.
What do you think is the most common myth about being a ballerina? What do you wish people knew about what it's really like to be a ballerina?
That it's pink, girly, fluffy, and that it's not a "real" job. It's a fun job, but also oodles of hard work on par with Olympic athletes.
Do you feel an affinity for any particular choreographer?
I love Antony Tudor's work, and George Balanchine's musicality and the way Balanchine moves groups of dancers onstage.
What is the biggest reward in your career?
Dancing on-stage for a live audience and the discipline I learned from training.