Nearly a decade in the works, American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History feels more like an eccentric personal meditation, or a love letter to the art form, than a historical trek through the company's 75 storied years.
Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov have had their fledgling professional company of 28 dancers off the ground for just over a year now so it's a fair time to assess the preliminary results of their efforts based on this performance.
George Balanchine co-founded America's first world-class ballet school, choreographed more than 400 works for the stage, launched the careers of a dozen stars and died an undisputed modern master -- the most influential figure in 20th century dance.
During her dancing career Gelsey Kirkland was known for her particular ability to get to the heart of a character in the great classic story ballets. In her second career as a teacher she has combined forces with her husband and co-director, Michael "Misha" Chernov, and mime teacher Pilar Garcia.
Now Kirkland, with her husband and partner Michael Chernov, are providing a complete education for dancers at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. The GKACB is a place where dancers can learn to become artists.