When you are on stage you are having an affair with three thousand people.

— Gelsey Kirkland

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The voices of moral authority in the theatre demanded only punctuality and physical performance. In the light of continuing pressure and stress, the occasional lip service paid to moderation was meaningless. Starvation and poisoning were not excesses, but measures taken to stay within the norm.


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


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.


As soon as you become afraid to make a fool of yourself, you're in trouble.

I decided I may as well just see if I can live with myself making millions of mistakes and learn something from it.


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.


I know my body. What happened is that I got so caught up in the applause I forgot how I should dance. All my life I've been what others wanted - in dancing and in life. Now I'm doing it my way.


At this stage of my life I would rather try and have some small impact within a company and suffer through those things than make such a big stink that nobody can trust to work with you. It's very important in an environment of a big institution that people don't feel threatened that you're going to expose them in any way.


The first year with ABT I learned 13 new roles.

Most were lengthy ballets, more complicated than I was used to. I have suffered from tendinitis since I was 13, and it flared up again until the pain was paralyzing. There were times I prayed I'd be sick so I wouldn't have to go on.


I danced with passion to spite the music.


You've got to break through this idea of being light as a ballerina.

The heavier you'll feel, the lighter you'll look.


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.


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


About Gelsey Kirkland

Quotes 19 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Dancer
Birthday October 16

The dance goes on forever. So shall I. So shall we.


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


There was a stage when Balanchine and I didn't talk.

I was trying to develop my classical technique as opposed to the fast-track technique that he was pushing. We were very quiet with each other. But after two years he saw what I was doing and sent messages through other people that, yes, this is good.


Ballet is a riddle of means and ends.


In saying my prayers, I discovered the voice of an innermost self, the raw nerve of my identity.


Often, when you've reached a very high level of achievement, you almost become paralyzed by the idea that anything you might do might be imperfect. Perfection is just the striving, the effort, the struggle, but it's hard to remember that.