Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as an actor and tap dancer over the past 17 years.  She 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.

Tap dance legend, broadway and movie star Gregory Hines hailed Ayodele Casel as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today”.  

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 with Savion Glover, as the only female in his company N.Y.O.T.s. (Not Your Ordinary Tappers)!

Her work as a choreographer has earned her commissions from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and the Apollo's Salon Series, where she presented "Diary of a Tap Dancer". 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.

Casel 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 and tap dancer Sarah Savelli 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 New York City Center's Fall for Dance and Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

Ms. Casel's television and film credits including “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “Savion Glover’s Nu York”, the tap movie “Bojangles”, and in 2006 originated the role of "The Doll" in Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap!".

She has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles.  

Ayodele has performed at The White House (see second video below), Carnegie Hall, Off- Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication, the Apollo Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden!



at 5.25mins in Savion Glover's N.Y.O.Ts (Not Your Ordinary Tappers) :




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