Akievia Hickman is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She holds an MBA from Florida A&M University. She is a member of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Trained in hip-hop and jazz, Akievia also studied modern contemporary dance under the direction of Shepiro Hardemon as a member of Mahogany Dance Theatre. She created her own dance company, Killer Heels, which has helped build her into a great choreographer. Akievia was introduced to stepping in high school when she joined the Code Red Step team and furthered her experience in college as a member of the Rampage Step Team.