Born in Vancouver, Crystal graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School. She started her career at the age of 17 with the Hong Kong Ballet, making it through the ranks to Principal Dancer in just 4 years. In 2007, Crystal was invited to join the English National Ballet where she has danced as a First Soloist until the beginning of this year. She has performed principal roles in almost all the classical ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Theme and Variations. Other highlighted roles include Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, The Chosen One in Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring, Giselle in Akram Khan’s Giselle, Mistress in Manon and Andrea in Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. In it’s inaugural year, Crystal was nominated for English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award 2010 and that same season won The People’s Choice Award. She has also been nominated by the Critics’ Circle for the National Dance Awards 2010 for Outstanding Female Classical Performance.
Crystal has taught ballet in Canada, Hong Kong, and here in London at Central School of Ballet, Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks, London Studio Centre, various ballet schools and has coached for the Emerging Dancer at English National Ballet. Having practiced yoga throughout her career, she is also a qualified yoga teacher and teaches weekly classes.