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A Brooklyn-born Puerto-Rican from New Haven, a Mexican Puerto-Rican Jew from the Lower East Side, and a Bengali Indian from Jersey walked on to the wooden floor & the rest? History. Bonded by their deep love of music, their crafts, and true connection, Soles of Duende is on a lifelong mission to elevate the joy and music of true collaboration across disciplines and the celebration of the forms they practice. Based in the sounds of Tap (Amanda Castro), Flamenco (Arielle Rosales) and Kathak (Brinda Guha) , Soles of Duende’s fire is the spirit that lives within each of these women to celebrate their connection given their beautiful differences and to uplift the forms that made them.

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Amanda Castro

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Haven, CT, Amanda Castro is a multidisciplinary artist with her artistry rooted in rhythm with her soul in Tap. Most recently seen in Chasing Magic by Ayodele Casel, 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. Once a principal dancer of the renowned company, Urban Bush Women, she’s starred in musical theatre productions such as Singing In the Rain in the role of Kathy Seldon, Jared Grimes’ 42nd Street, “atomic” performances as Anita in Glimmerglass Festival’s West Side Story (NYT ‘18) and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Amanda continues to pursue the journey of deepening her practice as a rhythmic storyteller and remaining a vessel for the stories that push humanity forward.

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Arielle Rosales
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Arielle Rosales is a Bessie Award nominated Performing Artist who interweaves the worlds of Flamenco, Percussion, Theater, and Improvisation as a means to explore concepts of duende. As a performer, she has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and The Joyce, been featured on “The Today Show” (NBC) and “Good Morning America” (ABC), and commercials for Nokia and Target. Her choreography has been featured in Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington DC), The Latin Quarter Show (REVEL Casino & Resort, Atlantic City), and as the Flamenco Consultant for Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway. Her most recent short film, “Becoming Mother Duende: An Ode to NYC” premiered in 2020 for CapitalOne CityParks Foundation SummerStage. Arielle is a Teaching Artist and the 2020-2021 Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. She is a Co-Founding Dancer with the all-women percussive dance trio @solesofduende and a Band Member of the all-women Afro-Brazilian samba reggae band @batalanewyork. Follow @ariellerosales & visit www.ariellerosales.com for more! 

 
Brinda Guha

Brinda Guha identifies as a non-disabled, caste-privileged, cisgender and queer South-Asian American, and is a trained Kathak dancer for over 20 years. During training and performing for years in the Kathak (Malabika Guha) & Manipuri (Kalavati+ Bimbavati Devi) dance disciplines, as well as Flamenco (Carmen de las Cuevas; Dionisia Garcia) and Contemporary Fusion vocabularies, she co-founded Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 based in the vocabulary of #ContemporaryIndian.  She's choreographed for many national stages, the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden, and self-produced  original feature-length dance productions which earned her artist residencies at Dixon Place (2018) and Dancewave (2019) to continue to develop work. Now, she is represented by CESD Talent Agency and is pursuing artistic direction, performance and arts education. She trains in Kathak, Manipuri, Yorchhā (est. Ananya Chatterjee), and Contemporary. Her dream of having art meet activism was realized when she created WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts installment (est 2017) dedicated to the feminine divine and honoring select women-led organizations. For her day job, she works as the Symposium Coordinator for dance service organization based in the values of justice, equity & inclusion: Dance/NYC.

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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
  • Little Island's Tap Encounters: Soles of Duende
    Little Island's Tap Encounters: Soles of Duende
    New York
    Aug 29, 8:00 PM
    New York, Pier 55 at Hudson River Park Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014, USA
    https://littleisland.org/events/nyc-free:-tap-encounters:-soles-of-duende/25603ABHDLDLJNGRHLMJQDPQDSDSGRRHH
  • Dance Is! at Summerstage
    Dance Is! at Summerstage
    New York
    Jul 25, 7:00 PM
    New York, E 71st St, New York, NY 10021, USA
  • Times Square Project
    Times Square Project
    New York
    Jun 12, 2:00 PM
    New York, Times Square, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Jena VanElslander - Creator/Choreographer A movement of togetherness, unity, resilience, love and HOPE. Donate below! 👇👇👇 www.gofundme.com/tsq-project-ny
  •  Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American and Multicultural Festival
    Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American and Multicultural Festival
    New York
    Jun 06, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
    New York, Payson Ave. &, Seaman Ave, New York, NY 10034, USA
    The all-day event will also feature Mohawk Elder Tom Porter, Soles of Duende, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Heyna Second Son and Silvercloud Singers and Dancers, and many more special guests and performances.
  • New Yorkers for Culture & Arts Mayoral Forum (NY4CA)
    New Yorkers for Culture & Arts Mayoral Forum (NY4CA)
    Online Livestreamed Event
    Apr 21, 6:00 PM
    Online Livestreamed Event
    https://youtu.be/6b-UyLwNhJM
  • New Voices: Spotlight - CAN WE DANCE HERE? A full-length production, Night 3/3
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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'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
    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
 
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