The Kennedy Center

Giselle Marie MacDonald


Giselle Marie MacDonald (Corps de Ballet) started her ballet training at BalletNova Center for Dance under artistic director Nancie Woods and spent summers training on full merit scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, and Richmond Ballet.  Giselle is also a trainee with the Washington Ballet, where she has performed in the Washington Ballet's productions of Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan. She is an alumna of Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell and The Kennedy Center Ballet Master Class Series. This is Giselle's first season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

A Conversation with Giselle MacDonald

What do you like to do when you are not dancing?

During my time off, especially during the spring and summer, I love to spend time outside and by the water. I find the fresh air to be rejuvenating and relaxing after spending so many hours indoors. I also confess to being quite the book worm. I love to cuddle up with a book after a physically demanding day.

How do you prepare yourself for the physical challenges of rehearsing, performing, touring?

Staying healthy is very important to being ready to meet the physical challenges of dance. To prepare, I eat a healthy diet and, in addition to ballet classes, I also do strengthening exercises every day to avoid injury and run or swim a few times a week to keep my stamina high.

What is it like to work with Ms. Farrell?

Working with Ms. Farrell has been a great experience for me. Her dedication and love of dance and music rubs off on everyone around her. Her presence always inspires me to work hard, to feel and express more in my movement, and to always be incredibly grateful for the wonderful opportunity I have to dance to beautiful music. There is nothing better.
Giselle MacDonald