Top Tap Dancer Featured at McGlothlin Center

by Billy Chandler

A performer hailed as one of the best young tap dancers in the world performed at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry on Oct. 19, 2018.

Ayodele Casel is described by the New York Times as “a tap dancer of unquestionable radiance.” She demonstrated that talent to a captivated audience in the Kennedy~Reedy Theatre with her one-woman show, “While I Have The Floor.”

The 2017 recipient of the Hoofer Award, Casel is a native New Yorker who began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in NYC, having studied directly with the masterful William Esper. Casel premiered her one-woman show at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews.

She also served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical “Really Rosie” for New York City Center’s “Encores! Off Center” under the direction of Leigh Silverman. Most recently, she has performed as part of Latin jazz great Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has become an internationally sought after artist and powerful voice for the art form.

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