Crystal Costa


Born in Vancouver, Crystal graduated with Honours from Canada’s National Ballet School in 2001. She joined Hong Kong Ballet that same year and was promoted to Soloist in 2003 and Principal Dancer in 2005. In 2007, Crystal joined the English National Ballet and danced as a First Soloist until 2020. She has toured the world performing on stages such as the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Japan. She has danced principal roles in almost all the classical ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Theme and Variations, and more. 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 had roles created on her by choreographers such as Akram Khan, Aszure Barton, Derek Deane and Itzik Galili. She created the role of Nora by Stina Quagebeur for English National Ballet’s She Persisted triple bill at Sadler’s Wells. Crystal choreographed her first work Mirror for the Hong Kong Ballet’s choreographic workshop in January 2007. 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 was nominated in 2010 by the prestigious Critics’ Circle in London at the National Dance Awards for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical).

Crystal has taught around the world in Canada, Hong Kong, and Europe for English National Ballet, Ballet Dortmund, Hong Kong Ballet, ENB Youth Co, Central School of Ballet, Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks, London Studio Centre/ Images Ballet Company, Harbour Dance Centre, Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver Ballet Society, various vocational ballet schools and is currently a resident teacher for Ballet BC. Most recently she has staged Akram Khan’s Dust in Germany for Ballet Dortmund. Her coaching of private students has led to successful enrolment in prestigious ballet schools around the world such as the full time professional program and trainee program at Joffrey Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet summer school, Royal Ballet summer school, ABT’s summer program as well as finalist and medal placement at the Prix de Lausanne, YAGP, The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, The Grasse International Ballet Competition (Gold) and the IDC in Portugal (Gold). As a yoga teacher, she has taught in both Vancouver and London specializing in hatha vinyasa flow, restorative, and children’s yoga. She has taught yoga for dancers for English National Ballet, London Studio Centre, Harbour Dance Centre, Central School of Ballet and various ballet schools. Both her ballet and yoga classes can be found on English National Ballet’s online platform Ballet Active. Crystal currently resides in Vancouver, Canada, and travels internationally as a guest.

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