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Overview (2)

Born in Peru
Birth NamePaul R. Mejia

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Mejia was born in 1947 in Peru as Paul R. Mejia. He is married to Maria Terezia Balogh. They have three children. He was previously married to Suzanne Farrell.

Spouse (2)

Suzanne Farrell (21 February 1969 - 1997) ( divorced)
Maria Terezia Balogh (? - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

George Balanchine-inspired choreography

Trivia (8)

Ex-husband of Suzanne Farrell.
He was romantically involved with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell while she was in a romantic relationship with George Balanchine. When their relationship got especially serious, the relationship with Balanchine became horribly strained and both Meja and Farrell left the City Ballet.
Much of the choreography that his ballet companies perform are works from George Balanchine.
He now runs the Paul Meja Ballet International.
He was the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet from 1987 to 1998. He was the Artistic Adviser of the Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Arlen, Texas.
He joined the Chicago City Ballet as co-artistic director with Maria Tallchief, the last wife of George Balanchine.
His ballet Eight by Adler, music by Richard Adler, was later filmed for PBS and won an Emmy Award for his then-wife Suzanne Farrell.
In 1984, he was selected by Esquire Magazine as one of the "Outstanding Americans Under 40".

Personal Quotes (1)

I had to sit through my sister's classes. I figured, It soon became addictive. Twice at draft physicals I was told to see a shrink when I said my occupation was ballet. It's awful, being a ballet dancer-homosexual or not-to be insulted like that. Ballet attracts its 'wrong types,' who just want to be in tights, but it's not prissy. You must have tremendous power and stamina. It's quite manly.

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