Zimmi Coker was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Manitou Springs, Colorado. She began her ballet training with her mother, Michele Coker, at the age of 10. Coker trained at Classic Dance Academy in Denver, where she performed the roles of Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Spring Fairy in Cinderella, the lead female variation in Paquita and Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Clara in The Nutcracker. At age 13, Coker competed in the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Denver, Colorado and won the YAGP award for the Junior category. Coker also placed first in the Denver Ballet Guild competition and won the Florence Ruston Medallion for overall excellence. Coker attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive for three years and was invited to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, where she performed the principal role in Valse Fantaisie and Tarantella in Antony Tudor’s Soirée Musicale. In 2014, Coker traveled to Russia to represent the ABT JKO School at the Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja.
Coker joined ABT Studio Company in September 2015, where her repertoire included Ethan Stiefel’s Bier Halle and See the Youth Advance, George Williamson’s Murmuration and Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère pas d’action. Coker was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Segerstrom Award for the 2015-2016 season.
Coker joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in November 2017.