Lia is a native New Yorker, of Italian and Spanish descent and has been involved in the performing arts for over fifteen years. At the age of thirteen, she began studying classical vocal music and performed with various choral groups and theatrical productions throughout high school and college. Lia began studying Latin dance in 2005 and has been training exclusively with Frankie Martinez since early 2007. She was asked to join the company in June of 2009.