Gelsey Kirkland

Ballet Dancer, Film actor

1952 –

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Who is Gelsey Kirkland?

Gelsey Kirkland is an American ballerina. Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age fifteen, at the invitation of George Balanchine. She was promoted to soloist in 1969 and principal in 1972. She went on to create leading roles in many of the great twentieth century ballets by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Antony Tudor including Balanchine's revival of The Firebird, Robbins' Goldberg Variations, and Tudor's The Leaves are Fading.

She is perhaps most famous to the general public for dancing the role of "Clara" in Baryshnikov's 1977 televised production of The Nutcracker. She left the ABT in 1984.

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Born
Dec 29, 1952
Bethlehem
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Education
  • School of American Ballet
  • University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM
Lived in
  • Bethlehem

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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