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Gelsey Kirkland

Innocent-looking, girlish and pretty, this diminutive and emotional legendary ballerina has had more drama in her real-life than there ever was onstage. While she was called by Mikhail Baryshnikov, himself, "the best of her generation", she was probably more famous for her raging cocaine addiction and off-stage behavior. Daughter of playwright Jack... See full bio »

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Known For

The Nutcracker
Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap
Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap Swanhilda in 'Coppelia' / Kitri in 'Don Quixote Pas de Deux'
L.A. Law
L.A. Law Erica Hastings
Live from Lincoln Center
Live from Lincoln Center 'Theme and Variations' / Herself


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 1994 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Erica Hastings
- McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey (1994) ... Erica Hastings
 1977/I The Nutcracker (TV Movie)
 1976 Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap (TV Movie)
Swanhilda in 'Coppelia' / Kitri in 'Don Quixote Pas de Deux'
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 1981 Gala of Stars 1981 (TV Movie)
 1978 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Herself / 'Theme and Variations'
- American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House (1978) ... Herself / 'Theme and Variations'
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 2007 PBS NewsHour (TV Series)
Clara in 'The Nutcracker'
- Episode dated 17 July 2007 (2007) ... Clara in 'The Nutcracker'
 1997 Breakfast with the Arts (TV Series)
- The Nutcracker (1997) ... Clara

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Other Works:

1968: Pas de deux from Flower Festival at Genzano (Bournonville; staged Williams), School of American Ballet Workshop Performance, New York See more »

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5' 1" (1.55 m)

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I think I have some special insights to give that come partly from a specific understanding of what American dancers, in particular, can contribute to these roles. I myself was extremely lucky, I had numbers of great role models -- ballerinas like Carla Fracci, Makarova and Fonteyn. And great teachers, Pilar Garcia, Stanley Williams, Maggie Black, David Howard. I got a lot from dancing with the ... See more »


She applied for the position of Artistic Director for a ballet company in Ireland, yet when she got the job, she wound up turning it down - in favor of teaching. See more »


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