Photo: Bill Naiman
Lily grew up in Richfield, Ohio where she studied at the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet under the leadership of her teachers and mentors Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev. At the age of 15, Lily was accepted into the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago and danced as a trainee with the Pre-Professional Academy. Her summer intensive training has included American Ballet Theater (New York), Chautauqua Institute of Dance, Miami City Ballet, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Ballet Arizona, Master Ballet Academy, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has received recognition including Top 12 from Youth American Grand Prix, Top 12 at the Washington Grand Prix, 8th Place at the Universal Ballet Competition, and 2nd Place at the Allegretto Grazioso Arts Festival in Moscow. Lily also had the opportunity to work with former Boston Ballet principal Dusty Button, former Alvin Ailey dancer Riccardo Battaglia, and choreographer Stephanie Martinez.