Shirley Sanchez Academy

School of Wellness


Shirley Joyce Sanchez

   I earned my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Austin and minored in Psychology after graduating Valedictorian from Wm. B. Travis High School. I was a member of The University of Texas Longhorn Band (piccolo) and I am currently a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band. I have over 40 years of experience in the fitness and dance industry. I have taught classes in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, step, indoor cycling, weight training, kick-boxing, yoga, Pilates, gymnastics and baton twirling. I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with age groups from 6 years old up to adult seniors. I have danced professionally in the United States and Japan. I have performed on national television shows Merv Griffin Productions Dance Fever , Dick Clark Productions American Bandstand and featured in two national broadcasts P.M Magazine for dance and interview. I have performed in local commercials for Kara-Vel and Hit Stop Records and Tapes. I have been featured on KTBC News (dance) and KXAN News (bodybuilding). I have also been featured in local newspapers The American Statesman, The Austin Citizen, The Austin Herald, Motorola Inc., and The Westlake Picayunne Newspaper. I was a featured guest on the Cactus Pryor Show for three dance episodes. I won First Place in Mr.& Ms. All Natural Bodybuilding Championships Mixed Pairs. I performed as a featured dancer in the Zilker Hillside Musical Theatre “Guys and Dolls.” I was also featured in cabaret dance numbers for VIVA  2007 and 2008 Aids Services of Austin Fund Raisers.   I have been certified in Group Fitness and Personal Training through The Aerobics Fitness Association of America since 1985. I have been a guest speaker for the following organizations:

The University of Texas College of Pharmacy (Fall 2000)

Crockett High School Austin, Texas (Spring 2005)

Texas Association of School Boards (Spring 2005)

Texas Association of School Board Wellness Program

You are a glorious, sacred, loving being. Celebrate your beautiful life! Share your blessed gifts with the world!


2 thoughts on “Owner/President

  1. CINDY SALINAS on said:

    Very impressive Shirley. You have done so much to expand your career in fitness & health. You don’t only have background & experience of fitness you have taken great care of yourself & it shows. You should be so proud of your accomplishments!!!

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