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Madison Ballet Names Verónica Castillo Director of Outreach



Madison Ballet Names Verónica Castillo Director of Outreach

Advocate for Equal Access for Arts Education Builds a Vision for Dance for All

MADISON, WI – Madison Ballet is proud to announce that Verónica Castillo has been named the organization’s Director of Outreach after having previously serving as Outreach & Education Coordinator. Ms. Castillo will build opportunities for future audiences and dancers alike by overseeing collaborative educational programs with community centers, libraries, schools, and senior centers. Additionally, she will build curriculum that is culturally-appropriate and provide training to the faculty of the School of Madison Ballet, under Director Rachelle Butler’s leadership.

“We are thrilled for the future of our outreach programs. It has already become clear that the impact of Verónica’s work will reverberate well beyond the walls of our new studios. Our whole community is poised to benefit from her dedication and vision.” said Jonathan Solari, the company’s CEO.

“I am a teacher and advocate at heart and am excited to bring this perspective to Madison Ballet.”, said Castillo. “When we allow a student to become a dancer for even an hour, we provide space for them to express their emotions and plant a seed to blossom into a new path through the arts.”

Veronica Castillo is a native of El Paso, Texas and was raised in Iowa City, Iowa. She holds a BA in Art History and Non-Profit Organization from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Edgewood College. She relocated from San Francisco to Madison in 2011, where she worked as a bilingual classroom teacher for K-4 through fifth grade at Kennedy Elementary, Schenck Elementary and Glendale Elementary. She was also an ESL/TAG Instructional Resource Coach at Leopold Elementary and Nuestro Mundo. Before joining Madison Ballet, she worked in the administrative offices for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Currently, she takes Flamenco classes with Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance.

For nearly 40 years Madison Ballet has been an integral part of the vibrant Dane County arts community.  Professional ballet education and training with the School of Ballet assures that students of all ages and skill levels gain the poise, confidence, discipline, and fundamental life skills intrinsic to the study of classical ballet.  Full scale productions such as the acclaimed Nutcracker and imaginative contemporary performances by the professional repertory company reach tens of thousands of people each year, while scholarships and neighborhood outreach programs connect hundreds of families and young people with the joy of dance.