Master Class with Ayodele Casel


Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St., Cambridge
Image: Ayodele Casel Credit: Michael HigginsPresented By: Harvard Dance Center Master Class Series  

Internationally acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel will lead a tap master class at Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St., Cambridge. The class will begin with a brief warm-up, followed by an exploration of choreography and improvisation set to the soundtrack of great jazz and Latin jazz musicians.

Ayodele Casel is a 2018-19 artist-in-residence at Harvard University supported by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). This master class is also supported by Office for the Arts and The Provostial Fund for the Arts at Harvard University. 

This is an advanced beginning/intermediate level class for dancers age 18 and over. 

Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers.  
First-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students.


Please join Ayodele Casel and members of tall poPpy, Inc. for a Town Hall event at Harvard Commons in The Smith Campus Center on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 5:30pm. Read for more info.

About Ayodele Casel
The 2017 recipient of the  “Hoofer Award”, Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and 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, having studied directly with the masterful William Esper. She premiered her one-woman show "While I Have The Floor" at the Spoleto Arts Festival in 2016 to rave reviews, and most recently served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak's musical "Really Rosie being presented at New York City Center's Encores! Off Center this summer under the direction of Leigh Silverman. Recent performances include "Broadway For Hillary" Fundraiser at the St. James Theater in NYC for with Michael Mayer as director. She is on faculty at A BroaderWay, LA Dance Magic, and Marymount Manhattan College. She is the co-director of Original Tap House and Operation: Tap.

Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has been creating and presenting her work since 1999 and added Spoleto Festival USA to her list of eager recipients this season in her World Premiere. Casel's television and film credits include “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “Bojangles”, "Savion Glover’s Nu York”. Casel originated the role of Yvonne in Nelsan Ellis' heart-wrenching play "UGLy" to great reviews at NYC's Fringe Festival and Santa Monica Playhouse. She also originated the role of "The Doll" in  Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap!" which premiered at The Harris Theater in Chicago. Casel currently serves on the Artist Board for New York City Center's Encores! under the artistic direction of Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori.

Casel has performed at New York City Center, The White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Off- Broadway in Savion Glover’s Downtown: Live Communication. She 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 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.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Dance Office at 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. Lowell Lecture Hall is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 

Image: Ayodele Casel. Photo Credit: Michael Higgins.