The University of Iowa
Ayodele Casel waist up in a white shirt, arms out to the side as if in a dance position, smiling against a tan background

Ayodele Casel


Presented by
Adults $25
Students & Youth $10
Friday, September 22, 2023, 7:30 pm
Sold Out
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's 51st season

"Who can make the stage come to life like Casel?" asks The New York Times—and you would be hard pressed to come up with an answer. With Rooted, the tap dancer and choreographer traces the roots of her artform, building on a rich history while forging the future as well. The performance, featuring live music and some of today's best hoofers, will be presented with the audience seated on stage for an intimate, exhilarating experience. 

Ayodele's list of recent accolades is impressive: featured on a 2021 US Postal stamp, a 2022 Drama Desk nominee for her choreography for the hit Broadway revival Funny Girl, a 2022 Bessie Award winner for her show Chasing Magic, and winner of a 2023 Doris Duke Award as well as being named a USA Artists Fellow. We'll sum up with the Times' assessment of Casel: "She's astonishing." 


Ayodele Casel Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Alicia Brown-Matthes
Kris Jones

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at