Letters, May 22, 1978

Gelsey's Grace

To the Editors:

"Bravo" to Paul Gray for his outstanding article on Gelsey Kirkland [May 1] and on the dance explosion in the U.S. I, too, am a fairly recent convert to the world of dance, and I can still vividly recall my first Sleeping Beauty at the Met, with Nureyev and Fonteyn. All it takes is one superb, electric performance like that to turn anyone into a ballet fanatic.

Kirkland and Baryshnikov's Giselle, in this area, was another such performance, with Gelsey's fragile grace and beauty and Misha's exciting strength and virtuosity.

Mark E. Lehman Los Angeles

The photograph of Gelsey Kirkland lumbering...

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