Ayodele Casel

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A.R.T.: Debut. Ayodele Casel, “a tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (New York Times) and one of the New York Times‘ “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019,” has most recently been named the Tap Choreographer for the much-anticipated Broadway Revival of Funny Girl. As an actor and writer, Ayodele premiered her one-woman show While I Have The Floor at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews. She is a frequent New York City Center collaborator and served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical Really Rosie for its Encores! Off Center. Ayodele was also a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and Artist in Residence at Harvard University.  Born in The Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele began her professional training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her origins in theater and love for storytelling and tap dance have significantly contributed to the narrative nature of her work, which is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication. Ayodele is Artist in Residence at Little Island, a public park on the Hudson River in NYC. Ayodele is also a featured tap dancer honoring the art form of tap on a 2021 US Postal Service Forever Stamp.