Instructors

Shurrell Smith Wiebe

Mrs. Shurrell Smith Wiebe has forty years of dance experience. Her vast and diverse coast-to-coast experience has prepared Shurrell for the expert teaching, instruction, and artistic direction she enjoys today. She started dancing at the age of two under Suzie Merritt and Marsha Grubb. She started her intensive training with Pamela Erwin and Thereza Bryce-Cotes at the Dance Factory in Tyler Texas. Upon graduation, she received a full dance scholarship to Oklahoma University. She passed on this opportunity to move to Los Angeles where she danced under Doug Caldwell. In California she enjoyed small dance roles in the TV series “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman”, also “Coke a Cola “ and other various commercials. She danced in the movie, “ Necessary Roughness” and was on the 1991-1992 University of North Texas Dance Team. Shurrell danced with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Noted performance of “Deep Ellum Blues”.

Shurrell received her dance degree from Kilgore College. She earned her Bachelors Degree in 1995 from the University of Texas at Tyler. One year later she added a degree in education. She taught Science for Tyler Independent School District for five years in which she was Teacher of The Year in 1999. Shurrell has attended numerous schools and workshops around the country including, Alvin Ailey in New York, Planet Funk, L.A. Dance Force, Joe Tremaine, Susan Douglas Roberts, Finus Yung, Gelsey Kirkland, TWU, and Observation/Teacher Training at Julliard in New York. She spent two full summers training intensively at Texas Christian University under Ellen Paige and Fernando Schoeffenberg. She continues her summer training for continuing education primarily at Alvin Ailey in New York .

Shurrell was the Artistic Director for Ballet Tyler 2009, 2010, 2011. She was the Artistic Director for Tyler Junior College’s production of Simba’s Story 2010, Pocahontas 2013 and The Firebird 2014. Her original choreography includes: “ Trail of Tears”, “Dance Around the World”, American Portraits-Schools”, “Fame”, “Dance School Musical”, “Cats”, “Africa”, “Pocahontas”, “Simba’s Story”, “The Firebird”, and the opening for The Miss Tyler Pageant in 2005. In her community outreach efforts, Shurrell created and choreographed the “Just Say No” message through dance that is performed for Tyler Independent School District students. She has also choreographed for Youth America Grand Prix and had students advance to the Finals in New York City. She started her own Children’s Dance Video Company called Dance With ME and ABCs. She created a dance video in which she combines dance with pre-school basics.

Currently Shurrell was one of 42 students accepted into the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of the Arts MADE Graduate Program for a Masters of Arts in Dance.

Many of Shurrell’s students have gone on to receive scholarships and Company Positions such as Orlando Ballet, Pennsylvania School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, Peridance, Alvin Ailey, in New York. Jeoffrey, Ballet West, Ballet Austin, Houston Ballet , Texas Ballet Theatre and Julliard in New York City. Shurrell currently has students dancing professionally with American Ballet Theatre, ,Ballet Austin, Kim Robards, Gus Giordano, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Peridance.

Shurrell is currently a Professor of Dance at Tyler Junior College, Instructor and director for the Pre-Professional Modern Program at Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance, Owner and creator of Dance With Me Videos.

Shurrell has a passion for the art of dance and passing this appreciation on. Shurrell lives in Tyler with her husband Doug and their four children: Gabrielle, Jacqueline, Elexis and Titan.