Born in Vancouver, Crystal graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School.
She started her professional 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 for the past 12 years.
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. She has worked with choreographers such as Akram Khan, Aszure Barton, Derek Deane, and Itzik Galili.
Most recently she created the role of Nora by Stina Quagebeur for English National Ballet’s newest triple bill at Sadler’s Wells. Crystal choreographed her first short work Mirror for the Hong Kong Ballet’s choreographic workshop in January 2007. In its 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.