Lucia started dancing in Brisbane when she was 9 years old. She began taking one class a week with Helen Layton in Classical Ballet. As she got older and became more involved the number of classes increased. Lucia also enjoyed speech and drama which complemented her dance studies. Lucia attended the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) which combined dance and scholastic studies. For two years (Years 11 and 12) she-studied all forms of dance. In year 12 she and four of her fellow-students toured the production of Giselle with the Queensland Ballet to Townsville.
For her tertiary studies, Lucia left Brisbane and went to the Victorian College of the Arts. She moved from Brisbane to Melbourne because she felt the course had a lot to offer her and she had heard that there were more diverse dance and theatre groups and arts based activities in Melbourne. Lucia particularly enjoyed the end of year performances where all the students had to choreograph their own dances, create sets, make costumes and do all aspects of the production themselves. In her 1st year she and a group of students were chosen to be part of the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games in New Zealand, and to participate in a World Vision tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand with young people from all countries in the Commonwealth. After graduating at the end of 1991, Lucia joined Tasdance and enjoyed the challenge of performing the wide range of dances in the Tasdance repertoire.