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NYCB Vol. 5 No. 15 - Nutcracker

[15/50] Of a 17-year-old Gelsey Kirkland, Clive Barnes wrote:

“It is a special pleasure to see Miss Kirkland right now in the springtime of her talents. Here is a girl destined for great things, but her present dancing is tinged with a very special joy, a very special awareness of her own developing accomplishment. This was even more evident … when partnered by a more than dashing and gallant Edward Villella, she danced the leading role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There was no difference here—she took the ballet by right, as a young princess. There is already such authority and breeding that you can hardly wait to see the dancers she must surely develop into in a few more years.” —Clive Barnes, New York Times, 1970

Gelsey Kirkland as Sugar Plum Fairy. Photo by Martha Swope, 1974.

Gelsey as an Angel aged 9. Photo by Ray Shaw cir. 1961-62

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