Gilda Edelman trained pre-professionally with Boston Ballet School and attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre. At 17, she decided against pursuing dance professionally, and in 2017 earned her B.A. in political studies and Arabic from Bard College. She initially attempted to find herself outside of dance, but soon realized ballet would always be a part of her life. She will never stop thinking about political culture, aesthetic theory, and ballet. She works in nonprofit fundraising, and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and puppy.