Elena Zahlmann trained with Elisabeth Carroll at Princeton Ballet, and on scholarship at the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts. Before joining NYTB, she was a member of American Repertory Ballet's junior company. She has received acclaim for roles in The King & I, Oklahoma!, and 90 Years of MUNY Magic at the MUNY in St. Louis and in the Reagle Players' production of The King & I in Massachusetts. She assisted choreographer Gemze de Lappe at Theater of the Stars in Atlanta, Georgia, and assisted Diana Byer in the staging of Agnes de Mille's Three Virgins and a Devil for the Alabama Ballet and Judgment of Paris and Soireé Musicale for American Ballet Theatre. She is a 2006 and 2011 Byer Fellowship recipient.