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Gelsey Kirkland

  • As unnatural as dancing is, you have to find a natural way to do the unnatural.

    • Gelsey Kirkland,
    • in Time ()
  • In saying my prayers, I discovered the voice of an innermost self, the raw nerve of my identity.

  • ... each action taken in this world has its echo in the heart.

  • The nature of my compulsion was such that I danced in my sleep. The entire household was sometimes awakened by loud thumping sounds coming from my room.

  • I embarked on a risky course of plastic surgery and silicone injections, major dental realignments and gruesome medical procedures. I pray that young dancers, those who imitate me at their peril, will avoid this blind alley. It is more than a dead end; it is a dead beginning.

  • Jules introduced me to a kind of 'narcolepsy,' that practice of mental droning that goes by the brand name 'Transcendental Meditation.'

  • I danced with a passion to spite the music.

  • Ballet is a riddle of means and ends.

  • Classical virtuosity is more than technique, line, proportion, and balance. It is as if the performer and spectator come together to hold in their hands a bird with a broken wing. The creature can be felt to stir, to struggle for freedom. Its life responds to human warmth; its wing might brush your check as it flies away.

  • Fortunately for children, the uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.

    • Gelsey Kirkland

Gelsey Kirkland, U.S. prima ballerina

(1952)