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Darci Kistler

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Nationality  American
Role  Ballerina
Occupation  Ballerina
Spouse  Peter Martins (m. 1981)

Years active  1980–2009
Name  Darci Kistler
Children  Talicia Martins
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Born  June 4, 1964 (age 51) (1964-06-04) Riverside, California
Movies  The Nutcracker, Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
Similar People  Peter Martins, Jock Soto, George Balanchine, Emile Ardolino, Deborah Dickson

Education  School of American Ballet

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Darci Kistler (born June 4, 1964) is a noted American ballerina. She is often said to be the last muse for the choreographer, George Balanchine.


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Kistler was born in Riverside, California, the fifth child (with four older brothers) of a medical doctor and his wife. Her brothers excelled in amateur wrestling, and she followed them into water-skiing, basketball, football and horseback riding. However, at age 4 she received her first tutu, and (figuratively) never took it off, beginning ballet training that same year. She claimed although she was always athletic, she could never keep to her brothers—so ballet turned out to be one cornerstone she had mastered. After seeing a ballet performance of Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, she decided she wanted to take up ballet herself. She studied with Mary Lynn at Mary Lynn's Ballet Arts and later with Irina Kosmovska in Los Angeles.

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In early 1979, Kistler was selected to study at New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet (SAB), where she met George Balanchine. She joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB) corps de ballet in 1980, and was featured in a Time article before the end of the year. Kistler was promoted to (NYCB) soloist in 1981 and principal dancer in 1982, the youngest ever at 17 years. Signature roles include Balanchine's Jewels (Diamonds), Agon, Prodigal Son and Symphony in C. She danced the rôle of the Sugarplum Fairy in City Ballet's 1993 film version of The Nutcracker. She eventually wrote her own autobiography "Ballerina: My Story" as a children's book.

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Kistler joined the SAB's permanent faculty in 1994.

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Throughout her career, she had numerous dance-related injuries, including a broken ankle that sidelined her for three years. She went through several surgeries, including for her back.

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In February 2009, Kistler announced her retirement from New York City Ballet at the end of the 2010 season. Her farewell performance took place on June 27, 2010, and consisted of ballets choreographed by Balanchine and Martins:

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  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream excerpt
  • Danses Concertantes
  • Swan Lake final act
  • Personal life

    Kistler married New York City Ballet's balletmaster-in-chief Peter Martins in 1991. In July, 1992, Martins was arrested on charges of assaulting Kistler, cutting and bruising her arms and legs. The charges were later withdrawn. Kistler and Martins have one daughter, Talicia Tove Martins, born in June 1996. In August 2017, Talicia Tove Martins was arrested for burglary of three businesses in Camden, Maine.


  • PBS Dance in America
  • Bournonville Dances William Tell pas de deux
  • Serenade
  • PBS Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Alexandra Danilova
  • Swan Lake pas de deux
  • PBS Dance in America The Balanchine Celebration
  • PBS Live from Lincoln Center New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography, 2002
  • Them Twos
  • PBS Live from Lincoln Center Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100, 2004
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • References

    Darci Kistler Wikipedia