Christal Shurley began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 2 in Melbourne, FL. By 8 years old she added figure skating to her training and began competing in regional competitions in Atlanta, GA under the coaching of Aggie Zink (Five time Hungarian national figure skating Champion). After a move to Texas, she continued her dance training under the direction of Luba Petrovsky of the Kirov Ballet (Now known as the Mariinsky Ballet). Upon entering high school Mrs. Shurley worked her way up to captain of her dance team, winning many solo and All-American awards. At the age of 15, she began her student teaching career as an apprentice for a local dance company. She began performing for local community theaters and attending workshops and summer intensives. Mrs. Shurley was afforded opportunities to perform overseas in France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
During her studies in Modern Dance and Dance Therapy at the University of North Texas, she attended workshops with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Disney Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Radio City Rockettes, and L.A. Dance Force. Her favorite styles of dancing are derived from Broadway Jazz, Pom and kicklines. Director, Christal Shurley, has had the privilege of working with and along side all four of the following groups that utilize the kickline and poms: The Radio City Rockettes, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and The Kilgore Rangerettes. Mrs. Shurley’s repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Oklahoma and many more. She has also performed at Six Flags Over Texas as well as the Neiman Marcus Christmas Parade televised on ABC. She was interviewed by Texas Monthly Talks television series in regards to her overseas performances as well as her volunteer work. She has studied and worked with Kitty Carter (Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders choreographer and mentor), Shella Sattler (Former Dallas Mavericks Dancers director), and Tamara Jenkins (FC Dallas Girls director).
Mrs. Shurley has extensive continuing education in Somatic Movement and Movement Behavior as well as course work in Non-Verbal Communications and Dance Therapy in children and dementia patients with the American Dance Therapy Association. She has obtained 3 personal training certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (Optimum Performance Training and Corrective Exercise Specialization) and American Council on Exercise (Personal Training Certification). She also obtains a Pilates certification with the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association.
Christal Shurley owned her own dance and personal training business by the age of 24 in Houston and later in the Dallas, Tx areas. She has trained and worked with many amateur and professional athletes with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. She continued her dance business teaching and volunteering at local daycares and homeschool associations. She began coaching a competitive dance team where she won many regional and national choreography awards.
Upon getting married and starting a family she found herself opening a dance studio (Modern Dance Arts) in College Station, Tx. She partnered with Spirit Ice Arena to train USFSA figure skaters. Students under Mrs. Shurley’s direction won many national titles at several dance competitions. Over the years, Mrs. Shurley’s choreography has received many awards such as “Top Solo Winner”, “Double Platinum Overall”, “Judges Award”, “Super Sweepstakes”, “Most Unique Choreography”, and “Studio Sportsmanship Award”. Her students have gone on to dance for many university dance programs and professional dance companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, Radio City Rockettes, Walt Disney World Resort, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; and her skaters have gone on to win National Showcase titles and skate with Disney on Ice. Mrs. Shurley has choreographed for contestants in the Miss Texas Pageant and the Miss Teen Texas Pageant, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader finalists, Houston Texans Cheerleader finalists and Dallas Maverick Dancer finalists. She has directed many theatrical productions for local theaters and studios, community events, Modern Dance Arts, church programs, and figure skating productions. She has experience as a competition adjudicator and auditions judge for amateur and professional companies.
Christal Shurley has over 25 years of dance teaching experience. She is proud to offer mentor programs for students preparing for auditions, Camp Choreo™ for students wanting an intensive workshop and master class in choreography studies, Flairs™ competition and show company, Dance Athletics™ for sports and fitness training and Meditative Movement™ classes that focus on stress relief through Biblical scripture meditation while incorporating Modern Dance warm ups, exercises and stretches. Mrs. Shurley enjoys volunteering her time for many different causes such as home school associations, church productions, children’s homes and her senior citizen program – Silver Stars™. Mrs. Shurley’s Silver Stars™ program offers discounted and, in some cases, free dance classes for both healthy senior citizens looking to stay active and those looking for the theraputic benefits for many diseases such as Parkinson’s and Early Dementia. She is proud to also offer a scholarship program to local children’s homes for students that need the financial help for dance classes. She believes that all students deserve the chance to receive quality dance education in order to prepare for college teams or professional companies. Currently, she is volunteering her time to start and coach the new dance team for Wiregrass Ranch High School in the Pasco County school system. She is the proud wife of an Army veteran and mother to 3 beautiful children.