Cinderella Meets Her Prince

February 10, 2010
Today's Chicago Woman
Rebecca Michuda

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Megan Quiroz

By Rebecca Michuda
Photography by Skrebneski Photograph Megan Quiroz

Cinderella finds her prince at the Joffrey Ballet.

Joffrey Ballet ballerina Megan Quiroz finds her prince on stage in the Joffrey’s production of Cinderella, opening this month. In real life, despite a lack of a fairy godmother or glass slippers, she still found her prince. At 13, while dancing with the Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan, Megan met the handsome and talented Brian McSween, brought to the company as a guest artist. That summer, while he performed with her company, Megan developed a crush on the 19-year-old, never thinking she would meet him again. When Megan joined the Joffrey in 2002, Brian was already a member (he left in 2009). Soon they got to know each by attending the same church, becoming fast friends. As their friendship grew, it led into a more serious relationship. “It seemed like the natural thing to do,” Megan says. Although they have been married for five years and are expecting their first child in June, Megan, 27, never saw herself marrying another dancer. “I wanted (to be with) someone who had a more stable job,” says Megan. 
“Often artists can be so electric or eccentric. I didn’t think Brian was possible.” But now she wouldn’t want it any other way. “It was nice when we both we dancing at Joffrey because we could go home and leave work at work. We didn’t have to recount our day to each other. It made a distinct work life and home life.” Megan says. “It’s nice having someone support and encourage you and know so specifically what you go through as a dancer. It’s a really awesome thing you get to share.”
Cinderella runs February 17 through 28. For tickets visit www.joffrey.org.