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Performing Arts


Dance @ CI

Dance at CI is part of the Performing Arts Program providing an environment to focus and grow within the art of dance. The partnership with music and theatre helps to create a whole artist that can understand and collaborate with their artistic peers.

Faculty experts with backgrounds in commercial dance, musical theatre, cirque, and concert forms bring their professional experience and expertise to help the students understand movement from appropriate biomechanics. This approach fosters all techniques and honors individual artistry. In the dance lab, we experiment and explore all movement styles, genres, levels, and abilities. Together, we are the artistic future of dance!

Performing Arts Dance Faculty


Heather Castillo MFA

tel:8054372052Heather Castillo is an assistant professor of Performing Arts at the newest addition to the CSU, Channel Islands. As a young performer she danced in various commercial venues, most recognizable are Disney, Saban, and Universal Studios. Theatrical choreography credits include: The Little Mermaid, Meet Me In St. Louis, Annie, The Sound of Music (Ovation Nomination Best Musical), Cinderella, The King and I, She Loves Me, 1940’s Radio Hour, Seussical, The Fix, Loving Repeating, Connecticut Yankee and Woyzeck. Heather has received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times, Backstage and in 2009 received the Best Choreography award from for the Southern California region. Currently Heather is working on the Commercial Dance Heritage Alliance(CDHA) with co-founder Tracey Bonner, an oral histories data base of dance artists who specialize in commercial dance.

Office: Malibu Hall 118
 805-437-2052
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Heather Castillo Video Reel


Laura Smyth MFA

Laura Ann Smyth, originally from Canada, obtained a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary in 2004, a Journalism Certificate from Mount Royal University in 2008 and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine in 2012. Smyth is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach City College, Golden West College, Santa Monica College and California State University Channel Islands. Smyth is in her 5th season with JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and her 3rd season with Donna Sternberg and Dancers. Passionate about the preservation of jazz dance and its role in the academy, Smyth has presented at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference (IABD) in 2013 and 2016, The World Dance Alliance Conference (WDA) in 2014 and the National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO) in 2012, addressing these topics. Most recently, Smyth completed her Simonson Method Teacher Training Certification (SMTT) in NYC.

Spring 2017 PADA Classes


PADA 151 Conditioning for Dancers MoWe 12PM-1:50PM Lynn Schwaebe

PADA 151 Conditioning for Dancers TUTH 12PM-1:50PM Lynn Schwaebe

PADA 353 Jazz II MoWeFr 10AM-11:50AM Heather Castillo

PADA 354 Modern II MoWeFr 8AM-9:50AM Laura Smyth

PADA 458 Dance Ensemble TuTh 9AM-11:50AM Lynn Schwaebe

PA 391 Production MoWe 3PM-5:50PM Heather Castillo

Upcoming Performing Arts Performance!

Arts Under The Stars is Friday May 5, 2017

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