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Birthed in East Harlem, the women of Soles arrived with a single, transparent question: how do they find truth, connection, and storytelling through the rhythms of their respective cultures? Based in the rhythms of Tap (Amanda Castro), Flamenco (Arielle Rosales) and Kathak (Brinda Guha), their mission created the fire that is Soles of Duende. They devote their work together to yield nothing but joy and music, and to bring clarity to how they connect given their beautiful differences. 

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Amanda Castro

Recently closing Singing In the Rain in the role of Kathy Seldon at theatre Olney Theatre, Amanda Castro is a multidisciplinary artist with her artistry rooted in rhythm with her soul in tap. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Haven, CT - She has travelled as a performer, choreographer, judge, and teacher nationally and internationally including performances in London, Germany, & South Africa. Castro is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts where she studied under Glen Eddy of Nederlands Dans Theatre and Andre Tyson from Ailey Company. She was a principal dancer of the renowned company, Urban Bush Women for four years, and won the 2016 Run The Night competition at Highline Ballroom and placed 2nd in 2017 with her newly found all female percussive trio Soles of Duende.  Shot out of a canon into the musical theatre scene over the past 3 years,  she has spent the past season performing in The Ordway’s production of 42nd Street In the role of Lorraine. Amanda was also A “flinty” Anita in an “atomic” performance of West Side Story at the Glimmerglass Festival (NYT ‘18) , this past Spring Amanda performed for over 100,000+ audience members in the role of Anita in West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She has worked alongside Julio Monge, Jared Grimes, Ayodele Casel, Jason Bernard, Andrew Nemr, and Nick Kenkel. She has danced at Radio City, Hammerstein Ballroom, The Kennedy Center, The John Anson Ford Theatre, and many more. Amanda is honored to be on this journey, and can’t wait for what the future holds!! @acastrodance #gobegreat

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Arielle Rosales is a Bessie Award nominated Social Engagement Performing Artist and Interdisciplinary Flamenco Dancer. From dance to comedy to playwriting to percussion, this proud Native New Yorker’s performative approach is as eclectic and grounded as her upbringing. Credits include commercials for Nokia, Target, & MTV; episodes of “The Today Show” (NBC), “Good Morning America” (ABC), & “Fatal Encounters” (Investigation Discovery); and the feature film True to the Heart (Winner of the 2011 LIIFE Award for “Best Supporting Actress”). Her choreography has been featured in The Latin Quarter Show (REVEL Casino & Resort, Atlantic City), Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC), and the 2012 Logo Premier of Telemundo. In 2016, she founded House of Duende — www.houseofduende.com — birthing her signature #UnleashYourDuende creative movement workshop, which has been commissioned by Movement Research, Gibney Dance, and BRIC Arts Media. Rosales is the Fall ’18 Curator for Movement Research’s Artist of Color Council and is a 2018 Dixon Place Artist in Residence with the #ladiesinpercussion trio @SolesOfDuende, culminating in their world premier production of “CAN WE DANCE HERE?” 

 
Brinda Guha

Brinda Guha is a born administrator, artist and leader. With an extensive background in choreography, teaching, performing, arts administration and event planning, she is excited to bring her knowledge of the arts to the job as Symposium Coordinator at Dance/NYC. She is trained in North Indian Classical Kathak dance, and has experience in Manipuri, Flamenco, Contemporary and street styles of movement. She was Dixon Place's 2018 Artist-In-Residence, who commissioned Brinda's company Kalamandir to produce urbanJATRA, a full-length Contemporary Indian production, for three weeks. Most recently, Brinda dances with a percussive dance trio featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak called Soles of Duende. Soles was just picked up for the New Spotlight Residency Series at Gibney for 2020. Her company Kalamandir has performed at Gowanus Arts Center, BDC, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Knockdown Center, Dixon Place, Secret Theater, Brooklyn Dance Festival, NYCDA Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Highline Ballroom, Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, and much more. She is now represented by CESD Talent Agency in the Dance Department. After six years at Broadway Dance Center as the organization's full-time training Programs Coordinator and International Student Visa Program's Designated School Officer, Brinda founded her own independent endeavor of bringing together the international dance community and activism work. She is the curator of WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts showcase benefiting Planned Parenthood of NYC.  In this phase of her career, she feels this time of leadership and growth is a means to learn more about herself as a person, performer, and eternal student of the arts.

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Features & Reviews
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9 Dance Performances To See In NYC This Weekend  NYTimes

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What Are You Excited About This Fall?  | The Dance Enthusiast

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Gigs Calendar
  • New Voices: Spotlight - CAN WE DANCE HERE? A full-length production, Night 3/3
    Gibney 280 Broadway
    Apr 25, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Gibney 280 Broadway, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
    Soles of Duende returns with their original full-length production, Can We Dance Here? -- this time as Gibney's New Voices: Spotlight Artist Residents for 2020.
  • New Voices: Spotlight - CAN WE DANCE HERE? A full-length production, Night 2/3
    Gibney 280 Broadway
    Apr 24, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Gibney 280 Broadway, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
    Soles of Duende returns with their original full-length production, Can We Dance Here? -- this time as Gibney's New Voices: Spotlight Artist Residents for 2020.
  • New Voices: Spotlight - CAN WE DANCE HERE? A full-length production, Night 1/3
    Gibney 280 Broadway
    Apr 23, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Gibney 280 Broadway, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
    Soles of Duende returns with their original full-length production, Can We Dance Here? -- this time as Gibney's New Voices: Spotlight Artist Residents for 2020.
  • CrashFest 2020: A Global Music Festival
    House of Blues Boston
    Feb 22, 2020, 5:00 PM – 11:45 PM
    House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    Annual CrashFest brings together some of the globe's finest world musicians. Soles is honored to be a part of this lineup!
  • Ragas Live 24-Hour Festival
    Pioneer Works
    Oct 19, 2019, 11:00 PM – Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 AM
    Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
    Brooklyn Raga Massive's famous 24-Hour Music Festival is back and it's better than ever. Soles of Duende excited to be on the first leg of the journey. Come through and support!
  • Tablao Flamenco El Barrio @ El Barrio Art Space
    El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
    Oct 11, 2019, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029, USA
    Soles of Duende opens the season and celebrates the 1 year anniversary of the series, Tablao Flamenco!
  • Deeper Than Our Skin, Street Fair @ Achievement First Prep High School
    Achievement First University Prep High S
    Oct 11, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Achievement First University Prep High S, 35 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
    Street Fair at the Achievement First Prep High School, featuring Soles of Duende
  • The Outlet Dance Project 2019
    Grounds For Sculpture
    Oct 05, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619, USA
    Celebrating 10 years of The Outlet Dance Project at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ! Soles of Duende has been invited back to open the show. We are so honored!
  • Broadway’s Babies Spring Benefit Concert
    (Le) Poisson Rouge
    Mar 25, 2019, 7:30 PM
    (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA
  • Love N' Courage
    15 Gramercy Park S
    Feb 25, 2019, 8:00 PM
    15 Gramercy Park S, 15 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003, USA
    A benefit for emerging playwrights Theater for New City
  • Wise Fruit 7.0: Praising Love
    Hudson Terrace
    Feb 11, 2019, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Soles of Duende performs as the SPECIAL GUEST at Wise Fruit 7.0: Praising Love www.wisefruitnyc.com
  • Brooklyn Museum's TARGET FIRST SATURDAY - Brooklyn Dance Festival
    Brooklyn Museum
    Jan 05, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
    Soles of Duende returns to the lineup at Brooklyn Dance Festival's Target First Saturdays at the world-renowned Brooklyn museum.
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 21, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 14, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 08, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • CAN WE DANCE HERE? Evening-Length Production
    Dixon Place
    Dec 07, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's world premiere of CAN WE DANCE HERE? 2018 Commission of Dixon Place Theater of NYC
  • Think Tank Choreographers Showcase
    The Tank
    Nov 05, 2018, 7:30 PM
    The Tank, 312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
    Soles of Duende as a guest performance at the Think Tank Dance Workshop Choreographers's Showcase
  • Wise Fruit 6.0
    Cielo
    Oct 29, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Cielo, 18 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
    #SoleSister Curator Brinda Guha & #SoleSister Featured Collaborator Arielle Rosales participate in WISE FRUIT 6.0: WOmanKIND
  • The Body Questions: Celebrating Flamenco's Tangled Roots
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Oct 15, 2018, 2:30 PM
    Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
    Sonidos Negros: On The Blackness of Flamenco Guest Artists Soles of Duende
  • Performing Arts Mosaic presents OPEN STAGE
    HI New York City Hostel
    Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
    HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, USA
    Performing Arts Mosaic is designed to increase visibility of artists from underrepresented communities.
  • Sole Session 10.0: A Live Jam w/ #LadiesInPercussion
    Dixon Place
    Oct 10, 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Soles of Duende's monthly residency performance in the Dixon Place Lounge leading up to their full-length three-week production opening in December 2018.
  • 2018 Bessie Awards
    Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
    Oct 08, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012, USA
    Pre-Show installation featuring Soles of Duende
  • The Outlet Dance Project
    Grounds For Sculpture
    Oct 07, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619, USA
    Site-specific work at beautiful New Jersey sculpture garden.
 
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