Jen Costillo has performed and choreographed in the Bay Area over two decades. In that time she has explored contemporary dance techniques with Jeannine Charles, Raissa Simpson, and the FactSF summer intensive, as well as contemporary ballet with Rika Onizuka. She continues to extend her decades of ballet training under Rika Onizuka, Linda Rickert and Kim Gardener. She is a former member of the dance collective High Release Dance, where her choreography explores topics relating to technology and social change through the use of wearables, electronics and music collaboration.
She has been a both a performing and choreographic member of the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble (NCDE) since 2009 including the successful 2010 tour of Egypt as part of the Egyptian Modern Dance Festival. Her guest appearances include Nutcracker’s Drosselmeyer and Raul Salamanca’s contemporary ballet pieces. Costillo served on the founding board of directors for Push Dance Company is San Francisco. In 2019, she was award SJDanceCo’s Choreoproject Award for “Optional.”