A native of Puerto Rico, Arias moved at age eight with his family to New York City, where he was exposed to multiple dance styles and studied intensively at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (LaGuardia Arts). Upon graduation, Arias received the school’s Jacques d’Amboise ballet award, going on to perform in New York with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and internationally with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Kidd Pivot. Arias has originated roles in and performed works by notable choreographers including Ji?í Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite; he received First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and the Audience Favorite Award for his work at New York City’s Dance Gallery Festival. He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, The Peridance Company, LaGuardia Arts, and “Switch,” NDT’s annual choreographic workshop and charity benefit. Arias full-evening production, a place where something flourishes, premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2013. Arias is currently a freelance artist, exploring dance through choreography, collaboration, and education.