Lily Turner

Portrait of Lily Turner

Lily began dancing at the age of 4 and currently trains at Southland Ballet Academy in southern California under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla. She has attended Summer Intensives at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, The Princess Grace Academy in Monaco and The Royal Ballet School Summer Programme at White Lodge.

Lily received the Natalia Makarova Award for Artistry at Youth America Grand Prix in 2018, in addition to placing in the top twelve of Junior women competitors at the New York City finals. Previous awards at YAGP include Youth Grand Prix at the Los Angeles Semi-Finals 2018, First Place Junior Classical at the Los Angeles Semi-Finals 2017, and Second Place Junior Classical at the Los Angeles Semi-Finals 2016. She was also named a semi-finalist in classical dance for the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards in 2018.

Lily is currently a trainee with Festival Ballet Theatre, the ballet company affiliated with Southland Ballet Academy. Most recently, she performed as Clara in The Nutcracker, Alice in Alice In Wonderland, and in various roles in Coppélia and Don Quixote.

Christopher Powney first saw Lily dance at Southland Ballet's Summer Intensive 2015.

On being named Royal Ballet School International Scholar, Lily said:

'When I was given the title of International Scholar, I honestly couldn’t believe it. The Royal Ballet School has always been my dream school, so when Mr Powney told me I would be part of this program I was astounded. Receiving this honour pushes me to work harder and to live up to the title of The Royal Ballet School International Scholar. I am very excited for what this year holds for me.'

Lily started her training at The Royal Ballet School, Upper School, in September 2019