Ballet’s “IT” couple

Behind the scenes with Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild
Published in the August/September 2014 issue.

Growing up together, first as students at the School of American Ballet and then as young dancers on the rise at New York City Ballet, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild dated off and on. With their lives on the same track for nearly a decade, it’s no wonder they felt a special bond. Their relationship became serious several years ago. “I feel so lucky to have Tiler in the same industry,” says Fairchild. “We understand the struggles and the achievements that come along with this career, and it’s so meaningful to share those moments with someone who truly gets it.” The couple, who live in a one-bedroom apartment five blocks from the theater, married in June at the end of NYCB’s spring season. A few weeks before, Pointe followed them through a typical day. All photography by Kyle Froman.

Walking to work in the morning with Peck’s maltipoo, Cali, and Fairchild’s toy Australian shepherd, Griz.

Peck and Amar Ramasar rehearsing Richard Tanner’s "Sonatas and Interludes."

Warming up backstage before a show. “You never hear her shoes when she dances,” says Fairchild. “She bangs them against the wall harder than I can.”

Fairchild rehearsing Year of the Rabbit. “I think it’s normal to have pre-performance jitters. I’ve always told myself the show is going to go on no matter what, so I might as well enjoy it.”

Peck running through choreographer Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit