Friday, January 21, 2011

The end of an era

Darci Kistler, who was the dance dancer hand picked by choreographer and amazing ballerino himself George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet retired last year. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1980 after performing Balanchine's one-act Swan Lake at the School of American Ballet's Workshop. She rose to principal ballerina, which is one of the hardest goals to obtain, within just two years.

In an article written June of 2010, in the New York Times she said about Balanchine, "The real reality is there is nothing in the world like being talked to and being graced by his presence, by his words, by his thoughts."

For those of you who have never seen Darci Kistler dance she has a movie that came out several years ago of her as the Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker. The movie stars Macaulay Culkin as The Nutcracker Prince. The movie was released in 1993.

Darci also started in another movie titled Bringing Balanchine Back. When watching this movie you can see footage of George Balanchine dancing.

Being an avid dance and lover of the arts hearing that such an amazing dancer retired brought tears to my eyes and sadness in my heart knowing that I can never see a dancer that was picked by the amazing Balanchine perform ever again. Hopefully one day I'll be lucky enough to be able to attend a master class of hers, that is if she decides to teach.


  1. Wow! I have a feeling that following this blog is going to teach me a LOT about dancing and famous dancers! Great post. Hopefully she will teach. It would be sad to see that talent go to waste now that she has retired.

  2. Nice! It may as well be in japanese to me, but still cool.