Ms. Gillman began her early training in Michigan with Marjorie B. Randazzo; she was the recipient of the Hammond Scholarship allowing her to continue as a full-time student at the National Ballet School of Canada.
Ms. Gillman is a frequent guest teacher in the United States and Europe, including faculty positions at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisville Ballet School, the International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America, ISTD – Cecchetti, and the Kate Simmons School in England.
Ms. Gillman is familiar with Balanchine style and has training in the Vaganova and RAD methods of teaching, although her teaching preference is the Cecchetti Method.
Through many years of continued education, dedication and love of dance, Ms. Gillmans has achieved an associate diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (England) and has also earned her Cecchetti Diploma as a dancer and teacher. She is a member of Dance Masters of Ohio and Cecchetti Council of America.
Ms. Gillman is devoted to the continuation of the art of ballet and ballet education. For the past eighteen years, she has grown her Dance Academy in the Louisville area. Gillman’s Dance Academy is also home to the MAGIC, Inc., a youth dance company founded by Ms. Gillman and community members who are invested in the non-profit, MAGIC – Making Art Grow In Children.