Gelsey Kirkland

Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre - Co-Director of The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet
Gelsey Kirkland

“Finally, there is a pointe shoes that makes no noise! They are completely quiet in running steps and landing from jumps. In addition, Gaynor Mindens have a gracefully tapered vamp allowing the line of the leg and foot to become one. The tip of the box is completely flat making the shoe truly excellent for balancing and turning. To me, the most beautiful characteristic of this shoe is that it allows the artist to whisper.”

-Gelsey Kirkland, November 2010

With ethereal technique and gripping dramatic power she electrified her audiences. Balanchine recreated Firebird for her when she was just 17. Barishnikov chose her as his partner. Tudor and Robbins made her their muse. Principal Dancer at both New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, she inspired her generation. Now she inspires the next. Ms. Kirkland currently co-directs the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York, NY. Photo by Eduardo Patino.