Faculty

Emily Zimmermann Gilstrap

Owner, Director

Emily Zimmermann Gilstrap began her ballet training in the San Francisco Bay Area at Professional Ballet School with Dutch National and San Francisco Ballet artists Carmela Zegarelli Peter and Zoltan Peter. She spent summers training with Richard Gibson and Zory Karah at Academy of Ballet as well as Joffrey Ballet's summer intensive.

Emily performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre and directed a dance program at Palo Alto Family YMCA. She received a B.A. in Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz while she also performed as a featured dancer and assistant choreographer with Cabrillo Stage Musical Theatre, and taught ballet at Western Ballet in Mountain View.

Emily obtained a Masters of Science degree at the University of Sheffield, UK., which afforded her an advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. After moving to the midwest with her family, Emily became Ballet Mistress and Director of Development with Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company and School. Here, she developed programming including a nutrition and injury prevention workshop, and choreographed and co-choreographed full length pre-professional ballet and musical theatre productions.

In 2017, Emily moved to Massachusetts with her family as her husband took a position at M.I.T. Since her arrival she has worked in special education at Boston Public Schools as well as Valley Collaborative Elementary in Tyngsborough. Following a year teaching at Brookline Ballet School, she settled in Westford and has continued sharing her passion for ballet with the local community ever since. In March of 2021, Emily pursued her dream and founded Dream Ballet School.

Emily Zimmermann Gilstrap is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

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2008 Palo Alto Family YMCA Dance Program