Na’imah Ray is a native New Yorker. She received a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She learned from dancer Dwana Smallwood throughout her youth. Na’imah was first introduced to stepping in middle school. She joined a step team at age 11 and began competing around New York City. She trained with artists Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, and Beatrice Capote in college.
In between semesters, she attended training programs held at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, where she performed works by Antonio Brown, Nathaniel Hunt, and Levi Marsman. Na’imah performed as a Centennial Stepper with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.