A south jersey native, Aliena Walrond grew up around the sun and ocean where she was inspired to express herself through movement. After dancing as a pastime at New Motion Dance Studio in Somers Point, New Jersey, between the ages of 4 and 18, she decided to continue exploring this art form in college by enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Dance and Dance Movement Therapy at Drexel University in 2016.
Aliena studied the science of dance and psychology for two years before attending the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, England, for their annual summer intensive in 2018. While abroad, she worked as a production lead on the Get Ahead of Hair Loss Campaign with So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Simeon Qsyea. This project introduced her to the business and creative side of performance and helped her find her passion for arts management. Upon her return to the United States and Drexel University, she decided to change her major to Entertainment and Arts Management with a concentration in dance.
Since then, Aliena has taken advantage of multiple opportunities in the entertainment industry to expand her experience outside of the world of dance. In September of 2018, Aliena began working as a Ticket Services Representative with the Philadelphia Phillies where she specialized in customer service and individual ticket sales and also assisted with public relations, game day duties, and special events. In 2019, Aliena began working for Allied Global Marketing in their Philadelphia office as a Publicity and Promotions Ambassador. There, she was a liaison between the agency and film companies such as Warner Brothers and The Walt Disney Company helping to plan and execute publicity materials for their projects.
Aliena is honored and excited to be co-producing TEDxDrexelU 2020 as her final project at Drexel University before she graduates this June. She describes her college experience as “an unforgettable journey” and is looking forward to what the future has to hold for her and her colleagues.