LYDIA SANDERS was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her serious ballet training at the USC Dance Conservatory, under the guidance of Susan Anderson and Stacey Calvert. She continued formally training at Southeastern School of Ballet and at International Ballet Academy. Lydia has attended summer programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet. Lydia graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in 2018 with a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a Psychology minor. In the USC Dance Company, she performed in several works by George Balanchine, including the principal role in Walpurgisnacht and soloist roles in Raymonda, Who Cares, and Stars and Stripes. Lydia also danced the title role as The Firebird in Susan Anderson’s production. Post-graduation she joined Virginia National Ballet, where she danced a variety of soloist roles. Lydia joined Ballet Spartanburg in the fall of 2019 and is looking forward to the company’s 22/23 season.