Nia Shand was born on in Manhattan, NY but lived in Teaneck, NJ all her life. From the age of five, Nia wanted to try anything and everything. She took dance and karate classes, she learned how to ski, horseback ride, play the violin and viola. Dance was her true passion. So when she attended Teaneck High School, she joined the arts academy as a dance major. She went on to Temple University as a dance major to grow as an artist. She has trained with Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Jillian Harris, Liz Lerman and Jawole Zollar and more.