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2019-20 Dancer Profile: Taryn Meija

Dancer Taryn Mejia. Photography by Tom Styrkowiz

Independence, Mo., native, Taryn Mejia, grew up dancing on scholarship at Kansas City Ballet School. She realized at age 11 she wanted to make dance a career.

“Tulips and Lobster” will be performed Oct. 11-20, 2019. Kansas City Ballet Dancer Taryn Mejia with Company Dancers. Photographer: Mike Strong. Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

A: I retired from ballet for six years before joining KCB in 2012. I needed a break and fresh start. So, I went to college and gave birth to my two daughters. After six years I decided to try again and have loved every second since!

Q: IS THERE SOMEONE SPECIFIC THAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND/OR CAREER?

A: Lisa Choules, former KCB dancer and owner of Elevé Dancewear. She forged the way for me to be able to handle single motherhood of two daughters while dancing. I watched her do it and know I can, too. She is incredibly successful and a caring friend.

Q: HOW DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR CAREER?

A: My family is incredibly supportive. Not only are they season ticket holders but they help care for my two daughters after school and on performance weekends.

Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE 2019-20 sEASON?

A: George Balanchine’s Serenade. I performed the role of “Waltz Girl” when I graduated from School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet. I haven’t performed the ballet since.

 

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