Shirley Ochoa was born in Stamford CT to Mexican and Ecuadorian parents. She took her very first dance class at the age of 8 with Ms. Jennifer at Jennifer Wiesner Dance. She started studying jazz and hip hop classes and continued with it until the age of 13 when she began ballet, contemporary, and modern classes. She is currently also taking flamenco and Pointe classes at Studio Arte. She began assisting in classes at the age of 14 which is where she knew she wanted to teach and have her own class someday. With the help of Jennifer and other dance teachers she worked with, she learned to work with younger kids. Shirley is currently 19 years old and a student in Norwalk Community College working to earn a career in physical therapy and plans to further her passion in dance.