We are proud to announce that Ballet Idaho Academy student, Lydia Herman has joined the Ballet Idaho company as apprentice. We had a moment to sit down with Lydia and discuss the upcoming season.

BIA: How has this start to the season differed from previous years of coming back to the Academy?
Lydia: I started off with academy classes just as always, but as soon as company classes started so did rehearsals and preparation for our first performance. That is something I was not used to, jumping right in to get ready for our first showing.

BIA: What are you most looking forward to this season?
Lydia: This season I am excited for everything, since it is my first year. I am thrilled to perform on the same stage as all of the wonderful, inspiring company dancers. But most of all I am just excited to dance, more than I have ever before.

BIA: Is there anything you are anxious about this season?
Lydia: Although I am looking forward to performing most shows, it makes me nervous and anxious to think that I will be on that stage most of that year, in front of those huge crowds. Hopefully I will be able to dance higher level parts as well.

BIA: How do you spend your time when you’re not dancing?
Lydia: When I am not dancing I start to focus more on my school work and catching up with everything I am behind in. Also to keep in shape I take hot yoga classes as much as I can or I go to the gym.

BIA: Who or what inspires your dancing?
Lydia: Since I was five I have loved dancing. Maybe because I am inspired by my mom, who is a dancer also, or just because I enjoy creating those beautiful lines that I am always trying to improve. I have never really known why I love it, but watching it makes me happy and performing makes me even happier. Like I can get away from all of my problems and only focus on improving myself physically and emotionally.