Heather Castillo is performer, dance-maker, scholar, educator, mom and an assistant professor of Performing Arts, Dance at California State University Channel Islands. Heather began her career as a commercial dancer in Los Angeles performing in multiple specials for Disney, industrial shows, and has performed with stars ranging from Andy Williams to Selena Gomez. She returned to school to complete her BFA and MFA  in dance and choreography at UC Irvine with the goal of bringing commercial dance experiences to higher education.  In 2018 she won CSUCI’s President’s award for Teaching and Learning Innovation for her efforts to decolonize the online Dance History course and for her campus-wide multimedia event Arts Under The Stars that synthesizes the arts with various creative and research projects. She is enthusiastically and thoughtfully building a new dance program for the 21st Century at CSU Channel Islands.