Lily Saito was born and raised in New York City. She studied at School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, on scholarship at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Ballet School, the official school of American Ballet Theatre, at Ellison Ballet School, and, most recently, on full scholarship as a Trainee at The Washington Ballet. She performed many children's roles in New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre productions. In 2013, Lily was named Young Arts Honorable Mention Award Winner in DANCE/Ballet, and in 2014, she was named a finalist and attended the YoungArts finalist week in Florida. In 2015, she was chosen as a semifinalist of Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of 10 high school seniors from New York State who have earned this recognition. As a Washington Ballet trainee for the 2014-2015 season, Saito performed with the Washington Ballet in Septime Webrer’s world premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and the New Movement.