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Marisa Castillo

Ballet Instructor

Work experience


Ballet Instructor

O.D.C. Dance Commons

Adults: Beginning Ballet Workshops 1-3, Bridge to Adv.Beginning, Advance Beginning, Pointe, Intermediate

Teens: Intro and Ballet 2/3

Youth: All levels. From Pre-Ballet to Youth Ballet 3 

In my ten years of teaching at ODC, I have had the pleasure in contributing to the ballet curriculum for the Youth and Teen program. In 2008 I taught a Beginning Ballet Performance workshop for adults. Recently I had the tremendous opportunity to co-teach with Augusta Moore, the Ballet Program Director in her Beginning Ballet Workshop from September 2014 to May 2015. Also in May, I developed and presented an embodied History of Ballet lecture to the Youth and Teen ballet classes.

Aug 2010Dec 2010

Adjunct Professor

University of San Francisco

Taught intermediate ballet to students accepted into the Performing Arts and Social Justice undergraduate program. The main focus of the class was clean execution of technique while developing artistic presence and intent.

Sep 2008Jul 2010

Ballet Instructor

Brisbane Dance Workshop

Taught ballet to children as well as adults in a recreational dance program


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

Taught beginning to advanced beginning ballet to youth and teens. Also  substituted for beginning ballet adult classes.



B.A. Dance

San Francisco State University

On Dean's list for three semesters. Invited to join the dance program's student company to the American College Dance Festival conference at Arizona State University.

Sep 2004May 2005

Certificate of Dance Program

The Ailey School

A rigorous and intense program of dance that included Ballet, Horton, Jazz, Floor Barre, West African, Pointe, and Improvisation.

Dance and SOMATIC Training

My dance education has taken me on many different paths. While my foundation is strongly rooted in classical ballet (specifically the Vaganova syllabus), I have always welcomed and sought out opportunities to learn other dance forms. This extra dimension gives my teaching a contemporary edge and helps inform the ballet technique. My teaching is also greatly influenced by somatic awareness and education. I have studied the Feldenkrais Method with Augusta Moore for the past twenty years. This summer I will begin a three year study in Body Mind Centering to become a certified Somatic Movement Educator by 2018.

April 2015                              Embodying Centers of Transformation

                                                   A Body Mind Centering Approach with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

                                                   Berkeley, CA

Jan.2014-2006                      O.D.C. Dance Commons

                                                   San Francisco, CA

                                                   Somatic- Feldenkrais classes

                                                   Augusta Moore's week-long Feldenkrais workshops:

                                                   "Demystifying the Upper Back"

                                                   "Evolving into the New Year"

                                                   "What are you Faking?"

                                                   "Shedding Old Habit, Re-organizing for the New Year"


Jan-March 2015                   Body Mind Centering Seminar for ODC Ballet Faculty

                                                   with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

                                                   El Sobrante, CA

Jan. 2013                                6-day Workshop on Somatic Education for Adolescents and Adults

                                                   Given by: Susan M. Bauer

                                                   Berkeley, CA

Jan. 2013                                The Art of Breathing: A Body Mind Centering Approach with

                                                   Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

                                                   Berkeley, CA

Aug. 2009                                Ballet Teacher Training Seminar with Maria Vegh

                                                   San Francisco, CA

Jul. 2007                                   Ballet Teacher Workshop with David Howard

                                                     San Raphael, CA

2006-2008                               Workshops on the Forsythe Improvisation Technologies                                                                                      with Amy Raymond

                                                     San Francisco, CA


Present-2005                         ODC Dance Commons-San Francisco, CA

                                                    Ballet and Contemporary


2004-2005                               The Ailey School - New York City, NY

                                                    Certificate Program         

                                                    Ballet, Horton (Milton Myers), Jazz, Pointe, West African

                                                    Improvisation (Helen Pickett)

2002                                           Ballet Summer Intensive from Moscow-Chicago, IL

                                                     Technique, Variations: La Bayadere and Paquita, demonstrator                                                           for  teacher’s workshop

1999                                            Lines Ballet Summer Program for Professionals-San Francisco

                                                      Ballet and Choreography (Alonzo King), Yoga and Gyrotonics


1995- 2000                                San Francisco Dancer Center

                                                      Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop


1991-1995                                 Academy of Classical Ballet-Oakland, CA

                                                      Karen Morell, Director and Teacher

                                                      Trained in the Vaganova syllabus years  1-5



2015                                                      San Francisco Renaissance Dancers-San Francisco, CA

                                                                Jennifer Mueller, Artistic Director 

                                                                Performed dances of the Renaissance including the Galliard, 

                                                                Washerwoman's Branle, and a traditional sword dance.                                                          

2009- 2010, 2012                              Grown Women Dance Collective- Concord, CA

                                                                Tonya Marie Amos, Artistic Director

                                                               "Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars"

                                                                 Choreographed a duet that blended the artistry of

                                                                 ballet with the explosive power of breakdancing.

2010                                                      Rhythm and Motion Student Showcase-San Francisco, CA

                                                                Performed the White Swan variation from Swan Lake

2009                                                      TBWA Worldwide Commercial "IN A FLASH" -San Jose, CA

                                                                Infiniti Automobiles Corporation


2007                                                       Folklorico Altonin-San Francisco, CA

                                                                 Norberto Martinez, Director and Choreographer

                                                                 Performed traditional Mexican folk dances

2006                                                       Dance Mission Theater-San Francisco, CA

                                                                 "The Nutcracker Sweets"

                                                                  Tina Banchero, Artistic Director

                                                                  Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy Variation


2005                                                       The Ailey School Open House Showcase

                                                                 West African Dance


2003                                                      Santa Clara Ballet Theater-Santa Clara, CA

                                                               Josephina Reyes, Artistic Director and Andre Reyes, Coach

                                                               Nutcracker- Snow Queen, Arabian Solo


2002                                                    North Coast Dance-Eureka, CA

                                                              Danny Furlong, Artistic Director

                                                              Nutcracker-Snow, Spanish and Waltz of the Flowers


2000-2001                                         Columbia City Ballet-Columbia, SC

                                                              William Starrett, Artistic Director

                                                              Nutcracker –Spanish and Arabian, understudy for Snow Queen

                                                              Frankenstein, Jack Frost, Humpback of Notre Dame

                                                              Don Quixote-understudy for Mercedes


2000, 2002                                       Peninsula Ballet Theatre-San Mateo, CA

                                                             Carlos Carvajal, Artistic Director

                                                             Swan Lake-corp de ballet

                                                             Carmina Burana- demi-soloist

                                                             Nutcracker-Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, Marizipan

                                                             Cinderella- Summer Fairy