From New York, N.Y.
With Nashville Ballet since 2018
Training and Education
School of American Ballet, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Ellison Ballet, Washington Ballet
American Repertory Ballet
Lily Saito began her training at School of American Ballet where she had the privilege of performing at Lincoln Center for three years as a child in George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. She then trained at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and Ellison Ballet before joining Washington Ballet as a full scholarship trainee.
In 2015, Saito joined American Repertory Ballet’s company where she remained until joining Nashville Ballet. During her time there, Saito danced many notable roles. In addition to performing numerous lead roles in The Nutcracker, she especially enjoyed performing in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Pride and Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennett. She has also tremendously appreciated the opportunity to work with Kirk Peterson at both Washington Ballet and American Repertory Ballet, and cites the intricate, yet delicate choreography of his Eyes That Gently Touch as a favorite role.
Inherently artistic, Saito also enjoys singing, playing the piano and acting on film.