Alia Federico was born in Boynton Beach, Florida. After moving to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania at 3 years old, she began her dance training at the Swarthmore Ballet Theatre under the direction of Lori Ardis and Amber Flynn. At 16, Alia was accepted into the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, where she furthered her dance education until starting her degree at Indiana University Bloomington. As a member of the IU Ballet Department, Alia had the pleasure and honor of performing a variety of notable works such as George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, Valse Fantasie, La Source, Jerome Robbins' Fanfare, Sarah Wroth's 'Tis Better, and Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels. After graduating from IU with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Urban Studies Outside Field, Alia joined Nashville Ballet 2. Upon completing Nashville Ballet 2's two-year program in 2020, she was invited to join Cleveland Ballet. Alia has had the privilege of dancing in many wonderful roles under Ms. Guadalupe's direction, such as Aunt Sofia in The Nutcracker, and the March Hare and Iris in Margo Sappington's Alice.