Ayodele Casel

Ayodele Casel

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AYODELE CASEL has been named a 2019–2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she will be writing her next theatrical work. “A tap dancer of fine grained musicianship” (The New Yorker) and the 2017 recipient of the “Hoofer Award”. Ayodele recently collaborated with legendary latin jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill premiering a show at The Joyce Theater to sold out audiences and “making a triumphant debut as a leader there” (The New York Times) in September of 2019. Ayodele premiered her one-woman show While I Have The Floor at the Spoleto Arts Festival with rave reviews. Her work is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication. A frequent New York City Center collaborator, she was selected to create an interactive performance engaging NYC communities for their On The Move five borough tour. Ayodele also served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical Really Rosie for its Encores! Off Center debut under the direction of Leigh Silverman. She has performed as a soloist for Jeanine Tesori’s “Jamboree”, a soloist at Fall For Dance, and a soloist for “¡Adelante Cuba!” with Latin Jazz great Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has steadfastly become an internationally sought-after artist and powerful voice for the art form. Read more about Casel’s work at www.ayodelecasel.com.