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About Janet


Janet L. Castillo is a powerhouse choreographer, dancer, tv personality, and mentor. Her vigorous training and work has taken her from Toronto to New York, and from Los Angeles to London, England.  She is known by high-profile Hollywood directors and choreographers as a "rare talent"  who brings "brilliant artistry with an intelligent, creative, and sharp mind."  Passionate about making a difference through the performing arts, Janet's radiating energy continues to inspire and touch audiences around the world.

Performing since she was five-years-old, Janet’s dance vocabulary spans across a range of styles from classical, street, and cultural forms. Always pushing boundaries and facing her fears, she made the jump to New York City after graduating from York University with a degree in Mass Communications and Sociology. Training at Broadway Dance Center under the best in the industry, she hasn’t looked back. 

Highlighted television and film appearances include being a resident dance judge on Much Music’s NML Best Dance Crew, Las Vegas Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance USA, the Oxygen reality series Making it Big, The Latin GRAMMYs, Jammx Kids TV Special, BPM TV’s Dance Moves, The Drop, The Toronto Show, Take the Lead (Antonio Banderas), and Honey (Jessica Alba).  

Janet has worked with superstars Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian, Jojo, Queen Latifah, Hip Hop legend Kurtis Blow, American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, and has worked with Canadian artists including Canadian Idol finalist Gary Beals, Kreesha Turner, JRDN,  Jenna G. and Queen of Hearts.   

She has been featured in various projects for MTV, Macy’s, The Bay, MAC Cosmetics, Rocawear, Asia Entertainment and was the dance captain for the American tour of the urban musical You Don’t Know Me (In Association with Cedric the Entertainer, Music by R&B Group City High).

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Along with her performance and choreography credits, Janet is the founder, and co-artistic director of Catalyst the Company alongside long-time dance partner Natasha Powell.  They kicked off the company in October 2009 with Catalyst Bootcamp, a unique program geared towards assisting aspiring professional dancers to reach for their ultimate dreams. They extended into a performing company, exploring a combination of classical, contemporary and street dance forms to offer an eclectic taste of movement representing the diversity of Toronto. 

Janet has creatively developed and pitched the most entertaining shows for both corporate and charity events including Artbound Charity Party, Canadian Special Events Star Awards, Fashion Alternative Toronto (FAT) Show, Women in Dance, Talent Defined, Pink Bedroom Charity, International Dance Day, and Dancing with the Compass.  

In May 2010, Janet wrote, produced, directed, and performed in the full-length Catalyst production “The 5th Element’, which raised $1,000 for Free the Children’s Artbound Initiative and later got restaged for the Fringe Festival in summer 2011.  The production received rave reviews, was awarded the “Da Kink” Award by award-winning playwright and producer Trey Anthony, and was nominated for a Broadway World Toronto Award for Best Dance Production up against the prestigious 75-year-old National Ballet of Canada.  

Driven to learn all aspects of the arts and entertainment industry, Janet has utilized her business-savvy skills in marketing and production for the top live theatre companies including managing, casting, and choreographing a street dance tour for Dancap Productions and has helped build and execute marketing campaigns for Starvox Entertainment and Mirvish Productions. 

An accomplished dance and entertainment writer, Janet’s work has also been published in Mateo magazine, Dance Quarterly, and YYZ Magazine where she has interviewed and written compelling stories onthe industry’s leading performers including former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar, actor Tyler Blackburn, America’s Got Talent choreographer Chris Dupre, The Groovaloos and Broadway Jesus Christ Superstar choreographer Bradley Rapier.

Small in size but big in dreams, Janet is on an endless mission to achieve the impossible and continues to inspire others to do the same.  Living daily by her slogan “Anything is possible…if you just believe”, Janet L. Castillo is a true testament that anyone can achieve success through hard work, perseverance, faith, and an unwavering commitment to one’s true destiny.


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