Guest Highlights: Megan LeCrone

Guests at Zambezi Crescent’s Victoria Falls River Lodge recently had the incredible opportunity to see a New York City Ballet soloist dance for them in the lush surroundings of the African bush.

Megan LeCrone, who has been dancing since the age of four, was a fellow guest at Victoria Falls River Lodge and used one of the decks, known for its breath-taking views, as a unique setting for her daily dance routine.

As a ballerina, I need to stay in shape more than the average person. I usually give myself a Barre every day, or every other day, and stretch when I’m on holiday. The deck worked fine, and people wanted to watch my work-out routine which was wonderful! I love sharing my passion with others. It turned into a fun presentation as opposed to me just working out alone – Megan LeCrone

The US-born ballerina joined the New York City Ballet full-time in 2001, and despite being on medical leave for a period of time due to various injuries, she never gave up on her calling and was promoted to soloist in 2013. She has had many prominent and leading roles with the New York City Ballet, including dancing the lead in Balanchine’s Agon.

It was LeCrone’s first trip to Africa, and she visited Bostwana, Namibia and Zimbabwe during her holiday earlier this year.

She had a fun and busy time during her stay at Zambezi Crescent’s Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites, spending time viewing the incredible Victoria Falls, hiking down the Falls to a swimming spot, having a night out and seeing amazing animals at home in the Zambezi National Park.

“I liked everything about the Island Lodge – especially the design, the food and the amazing friendly staff. The private location is really good too. I felt at ease,” LeCrone said.

However, it was the children at the Zambezi Crescent Preschool who stole this renowned ballerina’s heart.

“It moved me so much to visit [the school] and inspired me to return to Africa to do some volunteer work with people less fortunate than me, and with children especially. I love kids and would love a family of my own one day. I will be in Rwanda and the Congo in late July for service to communities in need,” LeCrone said.

And returning to the incredible Victoria Falls is also not off the cards for this inspirational dancer. “I would love to come back and bring some more dancers! Maybe do a small performance.”

Encore to that!