Kara Zimmerman


Kara Zimmerman was born in Hershey, PA, and grew up training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA.  In addition to her year round training at CPYB, Kara also trained during the summers in Seattle, WA, at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship. 

After graduating High School, Kara was invited to stay in Seattle and attend the Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division program full time. After training at the PNB school for two years, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell chose her to join the Pacific Northwest Ballet company as a member of the Corps de Ballet. During her 8 years with PNB, she had the privilege of traveling to England, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Turkey to perform internationally with the company. She also had the opportunity to dance with PNB in the BBC’s filming of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Sadler’s Wells Theater in London.

In 2008, Kara joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a Senior Soloist and then one year later joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, where she danced with the company for 6 seasons.

While dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, Kara performed featured roles in ballets by choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Yuri Possokhov, Fredrick Ashton, Alexander Ekman, Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, and Jerome Robbins, just to name a few.

In August of 2015, Kara was invited to join the Victor Ullate Ballet Company in Madrid, Spain, where she spent a year performing and touring Victor Ullate’s works all throughout Spain and France. During that year, she also had the privilege to perform with the company in Colombia and Uruguay. 

Over the years, Kara has also been invited to perform as a guest artist all throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to teaching and coaching ballet, Kara is also a 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor.