Born in Rochester, New York, Lydia studied with the late Eric Coffman in Boise. She graduated with an AA from Miami’s NWSA, where she focused on classical ballet and modern techniques and performed as a soloist in Michael Utoff’s Ballet, Canyon Pass. Lydia continued her studies to pursue a BFA at ASU where she danced the reconstruction of José Limón’s Missa Brevis, Mazurkas, and El Dances for Isadora. She left to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. At SFCD she danced parts in Robert Moses’ The Supplicant, Netherland Dance Theatre’s Fallen Angels, as well as contemporary works with the Foundry’s Alex Ketley and Christian Burns. She is a Ballet Idaho Academy faculty member and outreach instructor.