Christal Shurley began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 2. By 8 years old she added figure skating to her training and began competing in regional competitions under the coaching of Aggie Zink (Five time Hungarian national figure skating Champion). Mrs. Shurley’s Ballet training continued under the direction of Luba Petrovsky of the Kirov Ballet (Now known as the Mariinsky Ballet). During high school Mrs. Shurley achieved the title of captain of her dance team, winning many solo and All-American awards during competitions. She was awarded opportunities to perform overseas in France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. She began her student teaching career as an apprentice for a local dance company by the age of 15.
During her time at the University of North Texas, Mrs. Shurley studied Dance Education with a focus on Modern Dance and Dance Therapy. Mrs. Shurley was under the direction of Dr. Mary Lynn Babcock (Somatic Movement/Therapy and Modern – NDEO, daCi and International Festival for Contemporary Choreographers), Teresa Cooper (Modern, Rehabilitation and Ballet – chairman of the Cecchetti Southwest Committee), and James Clouser (Ballet – American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnepeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet, Kirov/Bolshoi Ballet). Mrs. Shurley was afforded opportunities to work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Dance Company, Disney Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, and Radio City Rockettes. She studied Modern dance techniques focused on Martha Graham, Lester Horton and Merce Cunningham. Mrs. Shurley’s repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Carousel and many more.
Mrs. Shurley is both a Houston Texans Cheerleader finalist and a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader finalist. She has had the privilege of setting choreography for dancers from The Radio City Rockettes, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Dallas Maverick Dancers, the Miss Texas and the Miss America Competitions, and Walt Disney World performers. Mrs. Shurley performed in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Parade televised on ABC and was interviewed by Texas Monthly Talks television series in regards to her choreography as well as her volunteer work.
Mrs. Shurley has continued education in Somatic Movement, Dance Therapy and Non-Verbal Communications in children, trauma and dementia patients with the American Dance Therapy Association. She has obtained the Optimum Performance Training and the Corrective Exercise Specialization certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as the Personal Training Certification from American Council on Exercise. She also obtains a Pilates certification with the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, and has over 1,500 Pilates teaching hours. Mrs. Shurley has founded Dance Athletics™ for the aspiring dancer or athlete looking to further their training, and Meditative Movement™ for joint and stress relief focused on Biblical meditation. Her training experience has allowed her to work with athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and USFSA figure skaters as well as Miss America and Miss Texas competition contestants.
Mrs. Shurley opened a dance studio, Modern Dance Arts, in College Station, Tx in 2010 where she directed over 150 students and employed 8 instructors. MDA partnered with Spirit Ice Arena to train USFSA figure skaters off the ice in addition to her dancers in the competitive dance program. Students under Mrs. Shurley’s direction have won many choreography 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 reputable university dance programs as well as professional dance companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, Radio City Rockettes, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Walt Disney World Resort, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Mrs. Shurley’s figure skaters have gone on to win National Showcase titles and skate with Disney on Ice.
With over 26 years of experience teaching dance, Christal Shurley is proud to offer Flairs™ competitive and performing show company. This company is about more than winning trophies. She encourages her students to be a light in their community by volunteering their time as well as performing for local events. She encourages a positive self image and a safe environment for expression in today’s youth. Mrs. Shurley is an advocate for protecting children in the dance world and is a part of YPAD – Youth Protection Advocates in Dance.
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 also 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 combat veteran and mother to 3 beautiful children.