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Gelsey Kirkland

Ballerina + Soloist + Dancer
Female
Born Dec 29, 1952
Age 62

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.

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1952 Birth Born in 1952.

TEENAGE

1968 16 Years Old Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age fifteen, at the invitation of George Balanchine.
1969 17 Years Old She was promoted to soloist in 1969 and principal in 1972. … Read More

TWENTIES

1977 25 Years Old She is perhaps most famous to the general public for dancing the role of "Clara" in Baryshnikov's 1977 televised production of The Nutcracker.

THIRTIES

1984 32 Years Old She left the ABT in 1984.
1986 34 Years Old In 1986, Gelsey Kirkland had published Dancing On My Grave, co-written by her then husband Greg Lawrence, a startling memoir chronicling her artistic transformation from George Balanchine's "baby ballerina" to one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in her generation. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old Her second autobiography published in 1990 titled The Shape Of Love, dealt with her move to England to dance with the Royal Ballet, her attempts to get a fresh start with her first husband, and her return to American Ballet Theatre with a clean slate and a renewed outlook on life.

FORTIES

1993 41 Years Old After these two intensely graphic autobiographies, she and her husband/co-writer collaborated on one more book--a children's book called "The Little Ballerina and Her Dancing Horse" in 1993.

FIFTIES

2006 54 Years Old She currently lives in New York, with her second husband, the danseur, choreographer and teacher, Michael Chernov, who was also with ABT. In 2006, she was awarded the Dance Magazine Award. (For years, they lived in Australia.) … Read More
2010 58 Years Old In 2010, Ms. Kirkland and Mr Chernov established the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet (GKACB), where they serve as co-Artistic Directors.
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