Ayodele Casel began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC. Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today”, Casel has made quite a mark on the tap dance world. Her work as a choreographer has earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo's Salon Series. She was also selected by acclaimed composer Rob Kapilow to collaborate on a Tap dance concerto which premiered at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Ayodele co-choreographed "Tap Into Peace"; a
show with the incredible music of Stevie Wonder as its inspiration and soundtrack. The show has been presented at NY City Center's Fall for Dance and PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland.
Ms. Casel's television and film credits include “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “Savion Glover’s Nu York”, “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “Bojangles” and in 2006 she originated the role of "The Doll" in "Imagine Tap!".
Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, and The Village Voice. She has worked and performed with the greatest tap dancers and companies including the late great Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, American Tap Dance Orchestra and Savion Glover as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s. (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts.
Performed twice at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Off- Broadway in Savion Glover’s "Downtown: Live Communication". Ms. Casel also co-choreographed and was featured on PBS’ “Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. She has been creating and presenting her own works since 1999 in venues that include The Apollo, New York’s City Center, Aaron Davis Hall/The Gatehouse, The Lisner Auditorium, Lincoln Center "Out of Doors", Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, The Triad Theater and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
It’s where I purchased my first, official, quality Tap shoe!
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Go beyond a step. Educate yourself on the history of the art form you are representing. Continue your training and never close yourself off to learning no matter how skilled or successful you become.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I'm obsessed with photography and all Canon photography equipment! I've been fortunate to shoot Ronald K. Brown's Evidence/ A Dance Company and Philadanco at The Joyce Theater.