While most high school students are busy with their classwork, thinking ahead about what they want to be when they grow up, Anya Lydon is working toward her dream job now. This fall, she begins her second year as an apprentice with the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, where she trains every day from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., then works on classwork in the evenings through an online private high school. We caught up with her this summer while she was home to see family and participate in a summer intensive at the Southland Ballet Academy.
Name: Anya Lydon
School: Laurel Springs School
Hometown: Huntington Beach
Q: Tell us about dancing with the Dutch National Ballet Academy.
A: I joined the Dutch National Ballet Academy as a trainee when I was 15 years old and am now beginning my second year. Training at the academy has taught me so much about my ballet technique, but also about discovering myself as a dancer and an independent young adult. The teachers at the academy dedicate so much of themselves to working towards my goals.
Q: How did you get involved in dance?
A: My parents introduced me to ballet at Southland Ballet Academy when I was 3 years old. Of course, at 3, I didn’t solely focus on ballet, but when I turned 8, I realized ballet was my passion. I had so many opportunities to perform, participate in competitions, meet inspiring professionals and take classes with international ballet masters. I discovered…