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Clearly, Castro doesn't have to catch up anymore, but he credits that drive to his success.
Before receiving a full-ride scholarship to the Herberger Institute at ASU, Castro's only dance training came from musical theater at South Mountain High School, being on the JROTC drill team, and watching YouTube videos.
In college, he dedicated all the time he could to honing his technique. But unstable funding created a guessing game as to whether Castro would return to school each semester. For his own emotional survival, Castro says he had to detach from school.
Castro was a dancer and a performer and saw his art as his physical interpretation of another's choreography.
It wasn't until his senior year that Castro transitioned, reluctantly at first, to the role of creator -- choreographing and producing his senior thesis because he realized he needed to tell his own story.
"I was doing all these awesome things and experiencing all these cool experiences, but I wasn't taking them in," Castro says. "From that moment forward, I realized I have a lot to say."