Gilma Bustillo was born in New York City and received her training at the Joffrey Ballet
School with Meredith Baylis and later at the American Ballet Theater School.
Ms. Bustillo became a member of American Ballet Theater under the direction of Lucia
Chase and later, Mikhail Baryshnikov. There she performed the roles of “Myrtha” in
“Giselle” and “Mercedes” in Mr. Baryshnikov’s staging of “Don Quixote”, as well as
solo roles in Natalia Makarova’s staging of “La Bayadere” and ballets by Anthony Tudor,
Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins. As principal dancer with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland, Ms. Bustillo danced the leading roles in “Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Don Quixote” and the “Nutcracker”. Her repertoire also included works by George Balanchine, Nils Christi, Hans Van Manen and Nacho Duato.
In 1990 Ms. Bustillo joined the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier. There she added to her repertoire the roles of the “Dark Angel” in George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and “Tatiana” in John Cranko’s full length ballet “Onegin”, as well as roles choreographed for her by Mr. Neumeier in “Cinderella”, “Requiem” and “Fenster Zu Mozart”. Since returning to the U.S., Ms. Bustillo has performed as guest artist with Pasadena Dance Theater and DanceCorps as the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in their productions of “The Nutcracker” and as “Lise” in Charles Maple’s staging of “La Fille Mal Gardee”.
Ms. Bustillo has been part of the faculty at Le Studio since 1993. She has taught at the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Orange County and in New York City at the Ballet Hispanico Summer Program. She was also part-time dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles from 1997-2000.
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