Darci Kistler at 16, performing Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3, photo by Costas, 1980
Darci Kistler, the only remaining dancer at New York City Ballet to have been hired and trained by George Balanchine, will retire during the 2010 season according to The NY Times. Next year will mark thirty years with the company for the 44-year-old principal dancer. She will continue teaching at the School of American Ballet, where she has been a faculty member for fifteen years.