Darci Kistler started dancing at the New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet in 1979. The following year in 1980, she joined the New York City Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 1981. She was only 17 years old when she became a soloist- making her the youngest Ballerina at the NYCB in history. She had many noteworthy roles, including the sugarplum fairy in the NYCB’s film version of The Nutcracker in 1993. She had signature roles in Balanchine’s Jewels (Diamonds), Agon, and Prodigal Son. Kistler’s career had many roadblocks due to injuries. She went through several surgeries for her ankle and back. One broken ankle injury actually sidelined her from ballet for three years. After thirty successful years with the NYCB, Kistler retired in 2009. During her retirement performance she danced pieces choreographed by Balanchine whose ballets made her successful in the first place.