Crystal Li
Actor, Dancer
Non Union
“Crystal never ceases to impress me, both an amazing student and a knowledgeable teacher. I simply love working with her!”
– Shirley Ballas, Head Judge on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”

Originally from Hong Kong, Crystal grew up participating in performing arts – from Chinese dance to musical theatre, she has done it all. She found that her passion truly lies in the genre of ballroom and when she paired up with her current partner Han Ly – the rest was history. Crystal and her partner Han have been dancing together for over 10 years. They started out as local competitors and have moved on to travel around the world to compete at the world’s most prestigious events such as the Blackpool Dance Festival in England, UK. They are the current Canadian National Champions in Latin & Ballroom (10 Dance) and have represented Canada to the World Games – placing top 12 in the world. The main dance influence in Crystal’s life is her long-time coach – Ms. Shirley Ballas – the “queen of latin” herself and now the current head judge on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. Shirley has been a strong role model in Crystal’s life and teaches her that no talent beats hard work, this art form is constantly evolving and we must continue to challenge ourselves and push our limits.

Crystal’s success in the ballroom competition world led to her first TV appearance in iZombie Season 5, where choreographer Heather Laura Gray sought her out to perform in a ballroom dancing scene. After that opportunity Crystal fell in love with the film/TV industry and continued on to appearances in Terror 2, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Nancy Drew.

Crystal is the current Artistic Director/ Co-Founder of Imperial Ballroom; the premier and award winning ballroom dance school in Richmond BC. With years of experience working as a performer, choreographer, instructor and most recently a competitive judge – she alongside her partner Han Ly, have coached the Provincial Juvenile & Junior Latin Champions and brought their collegiate team (UBC Latin Formation Team) to win multiple international titles.