Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as an actor and tap dancer over the past eleven 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. 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 grants from Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage and The Salon Series at The Apollo and 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 and traveled to Boston and Vancouver. Ayodele recently co-choreographed "TAP n2 PEACE", which received a commission from Playhouse Square, the 2nd largest performing arts center in the country. The show featured a cast of twelve professional tap dancers and the incredible music of Stevie Wonder as its inspiration and soundtrack."Tap n2 Peace" was also a part of the prestigious City Center's Fall For Dance in 2008! The show In the fall of 2006 she co-founded Tandem Act Productions with Sarah Savelli and has presented shows at Symphony Space in NYC, Cleveland and Montana.
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!". She has performed 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 Aaron Davis Hall, 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.
Ms. Casel has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice and has been featured in many other magazine articles. 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 as co-founder of Tandem Act Productions and Tap Intensified she continues striving to make Tap Dancing a relevant presence in the arts