Our mission: Foster a rebirth of dramatic storytelling in ballet through programs that provide specialized training for gifted students from around the world.



Developing classical dancers who are capable of expressing powerful theatrical ideas in ballet through a rich understanding of other artistic disciplines, cultures, and traditions. GKA provides year round full-time ballet training by the finest teachers in the world.

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The GKA Children’s Program was created for aspiring dancers ages 3 – 11 who want to experience the joy that comes from dancing. Students develop creative movement skills, musicality, rhythm, coordination, expression, character, and confidence.

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Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet offers intensive training programs aimed at the full cultural development of the young artist, providing each student with a dynamic range of technical skills, coupled with that elusive quality known as the artist’s “sensitivity of the soul”.

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The Gelsey Kirkland Ballet is proud to present an array of performances including The Nutcracker, December 2014 and Don Quixote May 2015.

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News & Events from our Blog

Attention Volunteers: Be sure to check the Volunteer Page for info on how to participate in The Nutcracker December 2014.
  • November Issue: Dance Teacher Magazine.

November Issue: Dance Teacher Magazine.

  • October 14th, 2014

GKA is the cover story of the November issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. The article by Joseph Carman gives an overview of GKA, it’s […]

  • GKB Launches the 2014-15 Season.

GKB Launches the 2014-15 Season.

  • October 8th, 2014

Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, together with members of the Board, celebrated the launch of the 2014-2015 Season. The season’s performances will begin in […]

  • Gelsey Kirkland Ballet in New York Times.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet in New York Times.

  • August 29th, 2014

Schimmel Center Offers Patti LuPone, Buster Keaton and Loudon Wainwright III
By ALLAN KOZINN August 27, 2014

The Schimmel Center at Pace University will present a […]

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