Mejia was born in Lima, Peru,
but was raised in New York. He joined the School of American Ballet
in 1958, and by the age of fourteen, had choreographed his first
ballets. Mr. Mejia joined the New York City Ballet in 1964, and
danced principal roles in many of George Balanchine's ballets.
1972, he joined Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century
where he danced and choreographed throughout Europe, and in 1977,
he staged a season of ballet in Guatemala, where he created four
new ballets including Romeo and Juliet, the first of his highly
acclaimed Shakespearean ballet series Mr. Mejia joined the Chicago
City Ballet as co-artistic director with Maria Tallchief, and during
the next seven years, he created fifteen new ballets, including
his full-length version of Cinderella, which toured nationally and
internationally to great acclaim. His ballet Eight by Adler, music
by Richard Adler, was later filmed for PBS and won an Emmy Award
for Suzanne Farrell. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Mejia was the artistic
director of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, during which time he added
thirty-two of his own works to the company's repertoire, including
sixteen world premieres.
to the artistic vision and philosophy of George Balanchine, Mr.
Mejia has choreographed dramatic story ballets as well as works
in the neoclassical style, and he has choreographed several works
for operas, including the Chicago Lyric Opera. He has been a guest
teacher and lecturer in various schools and universities throughout
the United States. In 1984, Mr. Mejia was selected by Esquire Magazine
as one of the "Outstanding Americans under 40."
1998, Mr. Mejia became the artistic advisor of the Metropolitan
Classical Ballet, which was then Ballet Arlington. He has added
many of his own works to the company's repertoire including two
world premieres, and he has staged several George Balanchine ballets.
In 2001, he assumed the position of executive director for the Company,
and in 2002 he was named co-artistic director with Alexander Vetrov.