Shirley has always loved to dance starting with Chinese cultural dance in her childhood years to hitting the NYC club scene during her high school years. During college at NYU Stern and then later on in grad school at Columbia University, she danced in and choreographed for various hip hop crews for school events. After graduating with her BS and MBA in Marketing, Finance and Strategy, she continued to take hip hop classes with various NYC dance studios, including Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center and PMT Dance. In addition, she has performed at Madison Square Garden for the NY Liberty (WNBA) as well as at Barclay's Center for the Brooklyn Nets pre-game shows. All while working as a marketing strategy manager in the tech industry. Shirley currently lives in Queens with her husband, Eric, and 4-year-old son, Taron.
This is Shirley's 6th season with DanceWorks NYC and her 1st season choreographing. She is excited to be choreographing with her best dance friend and fellow mommy, Ellein!