Dina Castillo began her training at the Allegheny Ballet Company in Altoona, PA when she was five years old. She studied under the direction of Deborah Anthony and Cristin Burwell. At the age of sixteen, she was invited to study year round at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. Dina spent her summers on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA. At eighteen, she received an offer to join the Los Angeles Ballet under direction of Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. For six seasons, Dina danced numerous roles with the Los Angeles Ballet including featured roles in Christensen/Neary’s “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “Don Quixote”, and George Balanchine’s “La Valse”.
While dancing for the Los Angeles Ballet, she was recognized for her leadership, sharp eye, and teaching abilities, which then became utilized when she was appointed a company teacher and rehearsal mistress to Colleen Neary.
Dina began her teaching career as a guest for the Allegheny Ballet at the age of seventeen. While in Los Angeles, she joined the faculty at the Brentwood Academy of Dance and later became a primary teacher of the Los Angeles Ballet School. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2016, Dina became a faculty member at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. She is excited to join Wexford Dance Academy this fall.