Dancers Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov on Creating an Academy of Classical Ballet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Legendary ballet dancer Gelsey Kirkland and her husband, Michael Chernov, talk about creating The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. They discuss ballet’s role in the city’s culture, the history of classical ballet, how they came together, and their own individual paths in dance. Their new production of “Sleeping Beauty” will be presented in mid-May at the Schimmel Center at Pace University and their new summer camp begins at the end of June.


Michael Chernov and Gelsey Kirkland

Comments [5]

audrey from nj

Sarah, S L O W down! youre doing great.

hard to discern voices - 2 articulate confident women SOUND the same.
so you need to slow down so we can hear YOU separate from guest.

Apr. 16 2014 01:14 PM
John A

"I don't think ballet is dying, it's society thats dying." full-on laugh form me.
The NYCB media experiment: Opus Jazz from 4 years ago was the biggest thrill I had in years.

Apr. 16 2014 12:45 PM
Susan from Manhattan

This may be the wrong place to post this but just wanted to say what a lovely host you are, Sarah Jessica. You are so polite to the guests, and have such grace, as an interviewer! Really enjoying these segments.

Apr. 16 2014 12:42 PM
Mark from Bronx

I would would like to know Ms. Kirland's thoughts of what are the opportunities for "Brown female Dancers", in the classical dance world. In saying "brown" I mean dancers that actually present as brown, whether we are referring to dark skinned east asian indians are brown skinned black women and not a women of color who can pass as white because she is in pale face and flooded with light. I have heard that one rerason why we don't see them in classical ballet, that is elite classical companies, it that they "destroy" the look of the ballet corp.

Apr. 16 2014 12:33 PM
Karen Otten from Edgemont

ask Gelsey to speak about her autobiography and how she grew personally after she wrote the book.

Apr. 16 2014 12:21 PM

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