Angel 'Halo' Castro started his career in the arts at a young age in acting and musical theater. It wasn't until his senior year in high school, at the age of 18, when he started dancing. His training started at the South Mountain High School dance magnet. Upon graduating in 2008, he auditioned and was accepted into the ASU School of Dance where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. During his time at the school of dance Angel had the privilege to train with many instructors including Shouze Ma, Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Cynthia Roses-Thema, Jessica Mumford, and Carley Conder.
Angel has danced professionally with and choreographed for many of Arizona's leading dance companies: Scorpius Dance Theatre, EPIK Dance Company, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, NBA’s Phoenix Suns Solar Squad,. His athletic-yet-fluid choreography style has made him one of Arizona's most sought-after choreographers and instructors. His choreography has been also been performed on many stages including CONDER/dance’s Breaking Ground Festival, ARTELPHX, Phoenix New Times Big Brain Awards, and Phoenix ComicCon, BlkTina Dance Festival, nation wide on tour with Celebrity Dance Competitions, and on multiple NBA Arena courts. He is currently on faculty with ChoreographyPros Convention, which provides performance-ready routines for professional and collegiate level dance teams nationwide.
Angel's work has been recognized by JAVA Magazine as “At the Forefront of Contemporary Dance in Phoenix," and in 2015 he received a nomination for Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award. He was also named one of Phoenix’s 100 Creatives of 2015 by Phoenix New Times.
Angel has choreographed and produced multiple short independent dance films. In 2017 he premiered another new evening-length work titled "Cell," and after a 2018 reboot of 2015's "Savage Beauty," he got back to his artistic storytelling with the original production "EXILE" (debuted in 2019). In 2018 he also founded the HALO Institute which is set to open their debut performance in November 2018.
Angel is excited to be celebrating HALO Movement Collective's 7th season and sharing the growth with the Arizona Dance Community and its supporters. He is currently hard at work with HALO Movement Collective on their 5th original evening length work "REST IN THE MOURNING," set to premiere February 2020.