Crystal, of Mexican-Puerto Rican descent, is the daughter of Irma Suarez Ruiz, the company’s Associate Artistic Director. She began her dance training as a small child with Dame Libby Komaiko, and first performed at the age of four with the E.E.S.D.T. She has studied in Spain at the Amor de Dios Flamenco Dance Academy with Candela Soto. Crystal has also studied with Irma Suarez Ruiz, Jorge Pérez, Celia Fonta, Timo Lozano, Edo, Vida Peral, Lily Sie Vega, Juanjo Linares, Manolete, Carmela Greco, and Juan Mata, Ana González,. Paloma Gomez & Christian Lozano of the National Ballet of Spain. She has also taken master classes with Omayra Amaya, Belen Maya and Edwin Aparicio and studies ballet with Ana Czjaun. In 2003 she was promoted to Company Dancer. Crystal graduated with a BA in 2008 from Northwestern University with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.