Kirkland with GKA students
In November 2014, DT readers got insight into Gelsey Kirkland’s training philosophy at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Her and husband Michael Chernov’s focus on recapturing classicism has proven to be a recipe for success—the Academy’s enrollment has steadily climbed since its founding in 2010. Now with at least 80 full-time students, the Academy has a new home in Brooklyn. In June, GKA left their Tribeca home in Manhattan and migrated to the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn at 29 Jay St.
In the new space–formerly St. Ann’s Warehouse, a theater venue–the school has 9,000 square feet of dance space and an in-house theater, which seats 600. The summer renovations made room for office space, four studios and a retractable wall that can create a fifth studio. The column-free studio space is an added bonus.
In their new space GKA has room to grow even further. With summer intensive enrollment at an all-time high, it will be hosting its first annual winter intensive, January 4–6, 2016. For more info, visit: gelseykirklandacademyofclassicalballet.org.
Photo by Kyle Froman