Esmae Gold grew up in Petoskey, Michigan and began her dance training at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, taking classes in ballet, modern, and jazz. She went on to attend numerous summer programs including those at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet and spent a year training full-time at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City. Esmae continued her studies, on both dance and academic scholarships, at Mercyhurst University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance. While performing, for three seasons, with Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, Esmae had the opportunity to appear at the Joyce Theater for the NYCDA Destiny Rising 2014 Gala and perform the Flower Festival Pas de Deux with guest artists from the Liaoning Ballet of Shenyang, China. Other performance highlights include the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Esmae has choreographed for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, shown a piece in the adjudicated concert of the American College Dance Association East-Central Conference, and presented two original works at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Erie, PA. She has additional experience as a summer intensive resident assistant, served as treasurer for the Mercyhurst chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and worked as a research assistant for Mercyhurst dance chair, Tauna Hunter. As an instructor, Esmae has taught ballet, jazz, and dance fusion. During the 2016-17 season with Virginia National Ballet, Esmae performed in The Nutcracker, the World Premieres of La Boheme, Bohemian Rhapsody, Snow White, and at the Arts Alive Festival and Gainesville Ballet Spring Recital. She is excited to be entering her second season with Virginia National Ballet in 2017-18.