Faye Arthurs was born in Arlington, Virginia. She began her ballet training at the age of 11 with Carolyn Clark at the New Jersey School of Ballet. At the age of 13 she began studying with Jean Gedeon at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet School. Ms. Arthurs entered the School of American Ballet in the fall of 1997. While a student at SAB, Ms. Arthurs originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet, which premiered during New York City Ballet's 1999 spring season. In June 1999, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in January 2000, she became a member of the corps de ballet. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in 2013.