A native of New York City, Gilda is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts (where the Movie "Fame" was filmed) in New York City. With a BA Degree in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (formally North Carolina School of the Arts). She has extensive training in both dance and theatre and has performed with a number of reputable companies including the North Carolina Repertory Company and the Atlanta University Center Dance Theatre of Atlanta. Gilda has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in choreography. She has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, African Dance and Gymnastics for the past twenty years.